A new era will dawn in China’s long and fascinating relationship with horseracing when the Hong Kong Jockey Club stages its first fully-operational race fixture at Conghua Racecourse on Saturday, 23 March.
The event is being held in collaboration with Conghua District Government.
The training and racing facility about 200km north of the Club’s longstanding training centre at Sha Tin, will stage five contests on what will be the first race meeting in the Mainland under the Jockey Club’s jurisdiction.
Sixteen of Hong Kong’s 21 trainers have entered horses including Michael Chang, who is looking to get his name in the record books with a victory or two at the historic event.
He will saddle this season’s two-time winner The Joy Of Giving and last start victor Happy Rocky in the 10-runner finale, the HK$920,000 Class 4 Conghua Cup Handicap (2200m).
“The Joy Of Giving and Happy Rocky are both going well and the 2200 metres is the right distance for both horses. I expect them to run well,” Chang said.
“I really think The Joy Of Giving, especially, is in peak form; he’s on a nice mark and will only carry 111 pounds with Ben So taking off two pounds. Chad Schofield will ride Happy Rocky.”