Chinese raceday will involve horses, jockeys and trainers from MeydanPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Meydan and China link up for international meet
UAE: Meydan on Thursday announced a ground-breaking deal to host an international race meeting in China, an important step to establishing a presence in the nascent Chinese racing industry.
To be held in the city of Chengdu in southwestern China, the first meeting is provisionally scheduled for October 2013 and will feature horses, jockeys and trainers that participate in races at Meydan.
The deal does not involve the construction of a new racecourse and will be held at an existing facility, completed within the last two years, in the Wenijang area of Chengdu. The site previously hosted the China Equestrian Festival, which features showjumping and other equine sports in addition to Flat racing, in both 2011 and 2012.
Saeed Al Tayer, chairman of Meydan Group, said: "This is an exciting development that will further define the future of racing in China. It highlights the spirit of international cooperation that exists between Dubai, the UAE and China.
"We will continue to develop our strategy in China and hope that this initial step will nurture the growth and development of this sport in China and the UAE.
"Information relating to quarantine, prize-money, race conditions and other race specifics will be issued at a later date."
Many established racing authorities have sought to gain a foothold in China in recent years and a British delegation, including BHA chief executive Paul Bittar, Jockey Club chief executive Simon Bazalgette and Racecourse Association chairman Ian Barlow, visited the country last month.