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A Century of Success Marked on Victory Day

The Property Addict / Luxury Lifestyle

Sep 10 2015

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As a nation celebrated Victory Day with celebrations across the country, a showpiece military procession and a presidential speech in front of the Forbidden City, a unique moment was being created more than 7,500 kilometres away in a little known town in Australia. Goulburn is a long way from the megacity that is Beijing or the non-stop intensity of Shanghai, but the sleepy little town three hours south of Sydney will have its own piece of history for the China Horse Club after race filly Alpina recorded the club's 100th win since it began racing on 28th April 2013. On that occasion the China Horse Club secured its maiden win with Scarlet Moretta. In between these two triumphs have been a growing list of racetrack highlights including:
  • nine G1 victories
  • success in the world's most famous classic, the Epsom Derby
  • two gold medals at China's 2015 National Minority Games
  • an historic 2015 Horse of the Year Honours double in NSW and Victoria
  • wins in eight different countries
  • the creation of China's leading racing carnival, the China Equine Cultural Festival
"There could be no more fitting occasion to celebrate a century of success than this," said Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club. "To all of the people that have helped us reach this point we thank you. To all of our members that have been a part of this journey, we thank you for the trust you have placed in us. To all of the partners and sponsors that we have worked with since our inception, thank you for sharing in our dream." Alpina never looked in doubt in the Radio Goulburn 3YO Maiden (1200m), controlling the event from the outset in what was a dominant display. Jockey Sam Clipperton followed the instructions of trainer John Thompson to be positive from the barriers, rolling forward from his outside gate to take the lead early. The athletic filly was clear of her rivals rounding the home corner and when let down inside the final 250m pulled clear before being allowed to coast to the line more than three lengths ahead of her nearest rival. Alpina, who looks set for higher honours, was named after the China Horse Club's iconic ski resort, "Ë?The Alpina Mountain Resort and Spa', which is located in Tschiertschen, Switzerland. The resort, which was founded in 1897, is due for reopening in December 2015 after undergoing significant upgrades. "I'm delighted to help all the members celebrate this milestone and to share in some of the history of the club once again," said Thompson who also trains NSW Horse of the Year First Seal. "The biggest complement Mr Teo has ever given me is that I am part of the family. I will never forget it. It is a privilege to trainer for him and the members of the China Horse Club, to train quality horses and to be a part of the team." Thompson will also have the opportunity to kick start the club's chase for the next century of winner when Orbec takes his place in the $A150,000 Wyong Cup tomorrow. The striking near black stallion will contest the feature race as part of a program that is seeing him being directed towards next month's $A1,000,000 Metropolitan in Sydney. A win in the Metropolitan would guarantee Orbec his place in the time honoured $A6,300,000 Melbourne Cup and create another chapter in an ever evolving story. For any media release, please contact Ms. Voon Lee Khim, vlkhim@chinahorseclub.com, for more information about China Horse Club, please log on:www.chinahorseclub.com

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