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February 2019

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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A fter a three-hour ride by car from Hong Kong, crossing the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border and passing by the Guang- zhou Baiyun International Air- port along the way, we finally arrived at the Conghua Training Centre, the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC)'s latest investment in Guangdong Province in Southern China. The lavish Conghua Training Centre is one of the most expensive investments the HKJC has undertaken since build- ing Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong 40 years ago. The HK$3.7 billion training centre not only mimics Sha Tin, minus the grandstand, but the facilities it offers are way above and beyond what Hong Kong currently has – four racetracks together with an 1100-metre uphill gallop; 20 spell- ing paddocks; a world-class veterinary hospital equipped with an x-ray unit, an exam room, and operating suites; and a rehabilitation unit that includes salt-water spas and an aqua treadmill to treat injured horses. Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, described the Conghua site as "truly exceptional" while Racing Austra-

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