The 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Kentucky, USA proved to be the platform for the further escalation of the international footprint of the China Horse Club. Across the two-day festival, which draws competitors from around the globe to what is regarded as the end of season championships for racing in the United States, CHC and partners exited as the winner of three races and its progressive performer Yoshida was an eye-catching fourth in the feature event, the USD6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The heroics carried on a momentous 2018 for the US racing division for CHC which set new standards with the historic Triple Crown campaign of the undefeated Justify. The now retired champion was ably supported by G1 wins from Yoshida, Able Tasman and Audible.
The above mentioned Audible was imperious in his first run since finishing a close third in the Kentucky Derby when pouring on the power to race away with the USD200,000 Cherokee Run Stakes. The Florida Derby hero looks to have returned to racing in fine order and connections have some exciting decisions to make over the coming months with a myriad of high-profile races to consider headed by the USD10 million Dubai World Cup and the USD9 million Pegasus World Cup.
The same features may also be in the focus for Yoshida after his slashing fourth in the Classic. The two-time G1 winner ran arguably the race of his life to press for third in the premier race for older horses in the United States.
Those two performances followed on from an exceptional first day of the Championships in which Bulletin saluted in the USD1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint and Improbable streeted rivals by more than seven lengths in the USD100,000 Street Sense Stakes.
“When we set our goals for 2018, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships was a clear focus for our team. We wish to test ourselves against the very best whenever we can. When our flagship performer Justify was retired our members knew that it would certainly be more challenging to meet these goals but our Racing and Bloodstock division has always been bullish about the talent across the board and that was clearly apparent on one of the world’s biggest stages,” said Eden Harrington, Vice President of China Horse Club.
“To have won three races across the Breeders’ Cup card and seen Yoshida perform so very well is beyond expectation. It is a credit to all involved and to our partners WinStar Farm that these results have been achieved.”
The China Horse Club’s colours will be carried internationally tomorrow when Auvray takes his place in the AUD7.3 million Melbourne Cup.
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