The partnership of China Horse Club (CHC) and Coolmore made an impressive impact with the successful acquisitions of top thoroughbreds in the first day of the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Australia’s most prestigious thoroughbred auction. The acquisition is the first of a series of steps to be undertaken by the partnership of China Horse Club and Coolmore to strategically spearhead horse breeding operations in China.

Among the highlights of Day One is the purchase of Gold Anthem and Dream Play, one of the most-sought after progenies of Fastnet Rock, by John Warren, on behalf of CHC- Coolmore partnership. Gold Anthem, as Lot 123 a half-brother to the champion sprinter Starspangledbanner, was purchased for $2.4 million. The colt from Dream Play, Lot 82 was purchased for $1,500,000. CHC also acquired Lot 121 and Lot 153 to consolidate its bloodstock for its upcoming horse events.

“It was great to see buyers such as Darley and Sheikh Khalifa getting back into the Australian yearling market, as well as a number of new faces such as the China Horse Club,” said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster.

CHC is to be headquartered at the Tianjin Equine Culture City (TECC) project and will feature a lifestyle center with horse racing and breeding as part of its club offerings. The TECC is a joint venture between Desert Star Holdings and Tianjin State Farms Agribusiness Group.