Scheduled to open in August 2018, the Conghua Training Centre (CTC) will serve as a world-class facility for the training of Hong Kong's thoroughbred racehorses.
Over the last four decades, Hong Kong's horses have been stabled and trained at Sha Tin Racecourse. To supplement these facilities, for nearly 20 years the Hong Kong Jockey Club sought additional land in Hong Kong. Eventually it settled on the site where it had designed and built the equestrian venue for the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.
Located approximately 200 kilometres from Hong Kong, the journey from Sha Tin Racecourse to CTC is about 3.5 hours by car and between four to five hours by specially-designed cross-boundary horse floats. These travel times, though new to Hong Kong, are standard practice in the sport worldwide, where horses invariably travel to many different racetracks in the course of a racing season.
At peak capacity, CTC could be home to more than 650 horses. Here they will have the benefit of a fully-equipped equine clinic and farrier forge, both facilities being significantly larger than those currently available in Hong Kong. A series of grass paddocks will enable horses to graze when rehabilitating or spelling, while a specially designed equine swimming pool will help horses maintain fitness.
The CTC will have four tracks – one turf track (2000m in circumference), two all-weather dirt tracks (respectively 1800m and 1600m in circumference) and a turf uphill gallop (1100m), which is the first of its kind in the Chinese Mainland or Hong Kong.
Owners can visit their horses each morning, or by appointment in the afternoon. An on-site Owners' Lounge will provide refreshment and relaxation during their stay. Turf barrier trials will be held monthly and videos of these, along with daily trackwork, will appear on the Club’s website at the same time as trials or trackwork conducted in Hong Kong.
CTC will have four tracks – one turf course (2000m), two all-weather tracks (1800m, 1600m) and one uphill turf gallop (1100m), the first of its kind in the Chinese Mainland or Hong Kong.
The CTC site covers 150 hectares, making it more than twice the size of Sha Tin Racecourse and its stable complexes, which measure just 73 hectares.
11 million cubic metres of earth were moved to accommodate CTC. 90,000 square metres of turf will be laid on the main turf track along with more than 22,000 cubic metres of natural material for the all-weather tracks.