The Hong Kong Jockey Club holds its first official meeting at Conghua Racecourse this Saturday, adding the most significant layer yet to its involvement in the chequered history of racing in China.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has declared Conghua Racecourse the perfect blueprint for cooperation in developing the Greater Bay Area.
On course on Saturday as the Hong Kong Jockey Club held the first official race meeting at its HK$3.7 billion facility, Lam lauded the “high-level” dealings between Hong Kong and the mainland.
“Working cooperatively, employing our respective strengths, we have created an excellent model for what can be accomplished with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area development,” Lam said.
“Today’s event is significant because it is not only jointly organised by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Conghua District Government, but also a laudable example of high-level cooperation between Hong Kong and Guangdong.”
Saturday’s meeting featured five races and was the first time Hong Kong horses have raced competitively on the mainland.
There was no betting and the races were shown in Hong Kong on a 15-minute delay. A three-hour drive from the border with Hong Kong, Conghua is spread across 150 hectares and can house more than 660 horses, which are ferried between Hong Kong and Conghua in specially designed horse floats.
The facility maintains strict biosecurity measures, enabling horses to have the same health status whether they are stabled at Sha Tin or in Conghua.
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