Following the two successful shipments of a total of 35 Racing Development Board (RDB) horses from Hong Kong to the Conghua Training Centre (CTC) on 12 June and 14 June, all horses have been settling extremely well in the Club's state-of-the-art training centre.
Mr. William A Nader, Director of Racing Business and Operations, after walking the training facilities and inspecting the CTC trackwork on Wednesday morning, had high praise for the training environment and the smooth transition of the RDB horses to their new home.
"The horses and staff have adjusted well to the peaceful surroundings and magnificent features of the new training centre," said Nader. Most of the horses began work in the trotting ring or on the small and large all-weather tracks from the day after their arrival. They all look healthy and relaxed and you can feel the excitement in the air.
"This is another big step forward to a brighter future as we move closer to the first shipment of horses from Sha Tin Racecourse to Conghua. It is very special."
The first horses in-training will be shipped to CTC in mid-July, with nine Club trainers set to move to a dual-site model at the beginning of the new racing season. The training centre will officially open on 28 August with a special ceremony.
Racing Development Board (RDB) horses at trackwork at the Conghua Training Centre, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club