The China Horse Club’s China Racing Team is primed for a strong showing at the CEA National Tour Championship in Shanxi this Sunday. Fresh from success at Rider’s championship meeting earlier this month trainer Quinton Cassidy is delighted with the progress of his team and is eagerly awaiting this next contest.
No less than six of the CHC’s China based racehorses will be in action and bidding to add to the success of Endzone from Rider. The strapping Endzone streeted rivals by almost 15 lengths at his first start for the season while stablemate Rushing To Win was a game third in a 1000m contest despite drawing a wide barrier.
“The results with Endzone and Rushing To Win at Rider were fantastic for the whole team and for our members,” Cassidy said today.
CHC Trainer, Quinton Cassidy
“Our racing team at Shanxi is in great order and I’m looking forward to seeing how they handle this occasion. Every meeting is a learning experience for our horses, for our staff and for myself but we are confident in the team we have here, our horses are in good order and we are looking forward to Sunday. You must always respect your opposition when racing at this level but we are quietly confident our team will do CHC and its members proud.”
The CHC’s six strong racing team includes a series of talented sprinters headed by Flaming Aura (second in the 2013 CECF Sir Owen Glenn Sprint), Parliament Square and Vinson Massif. However, the CHC’s head trainer isn’t discounting the capabilities of any of the performers set to compete in Shanxi. Each thoroughbred has earned a start on the CEA Championship Tour after impressing Cassidy in its work at the CHC’s training base.
“If Flaming Aura wasn’t showing a bit of attitude then there would be something wrong.
She has certainly brought her attitude to Shanxi so I expect her to run well,” Cassidy said with a laugh.
“She trotted and cantered the racetrack this morning and was very alert. Our rider was very happy with her and I’m very happy that he was happy. Flaming Aura will be contesting the 1000m race and she will be joined by Vinson Massif and Parliament Square.
“Vinson Massif is a colt and he has particular needs. He can be very aware of his surroundings but he is very bright and alert and he has pleased me back home at our training base. He is a talented performer and we may not have seen the best of him yet.
“Parliament Square is one of our higher profile performers. He is very professional, it is probably the reason he was G1 placed in France and competed at Royal Ascot before coming to China. He has settled in great, he looks a treat and my staff is very happy with him.”
The CHC team will also contest a 2000m race at the CEA event with trio of performers in La Casino, Manus and Hales.
“La Casino ate everything overnight. She had a trot and canter of the racetrack and a good look around as well. She is very free in action, is nice and relaxed but very alert. That’s what I wanted to see from her,” the trainer said.
“Manus has also settled in terrifically well. He trotted and cantered beautifully this morning, he is alert and relaxed, I couldn’t be happier with him. He has my jockey pleased as he heads into his maiden run for the season.
“And Hales, I couldn’t be happier with him. He is a horse I have always had a lot of time for and while he will improve after this weekend’s race he can certainly make his presence felt. He is a quality individual.”