TDN Weekend

February 2017

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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Who could take on a project of this magni- tude, gather such an elite and diverse group of horseracing industry leaders and even attract English royalty to his event? The mystery man is none other than China Horse Club Chairman and Founder Teo Ah Khing, of course. It only takes about 10 minutes spent with Teo to see how he could accomplish such a feat. The Harvard-educated architect is as dynamic and captivating as he is intelligent, a combination of traits which have clearly aided him in his success. When he speaks on a subject about which he is passionate, like horseracing, even those not interested in the topic can't help but listen intently to what he has to say. In addition to having the brains and per- sonality it takes to succeed at such a high level, Teo also has the resume to back it up. Born in East Malaysia, the 55-year-old start- ed Teo Ah Khing Design Consultants (TAK), an architectural firm which is responsible for designing and building the magnificent Meydan Racecourse grandstand for the 2010 G1 Dubai World Cup, a project which was completed in a record 924 days. It was this project that introduced Teo to the sport of kings. "Designing a grandstand without any knowledge of horses allowed us to go and study racing and all its rules and regula- tions around the world," Teo explained. "We learned and I personally fell in love with horses. That's how I started my history with horse racing." "Sheikh Mohammed initially wanted to bring the sport into China, so we went into 45

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