Longines and Bank of Dalian Support Second Chengdu Dubai International Cup


Trackwork has been taking place at Jinma Lake Racecourse all week ahead of raceday on Friday.
Photo: Dubai Racing Club // Neville Hopwood

The countdown has begun for the 2015 renewal of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup which will take place at Jinma Lake Racecourse in Wenjiang District of Chengdu, China on Friday April 3.

The event, which was staged for the first time in 2014 consists of five turf races and is highlighted by the featured RMB1.5m Chengdu International Cup presented by Longines and run over 2218m.

Bank of Dalian is a new addition to the sponsor line-up and supports the Guangsha Mile.

Also on the card is the Wenjiang Meydan Classic over 1600m and The Meydan Handicap over 2418m and the 1400m Wenjiang Sprint. The total prize purse for the event is RMB3.75m (US$604,536).

The race meeting is organised by Meydan Group, under the Emirates Racing Authority rules of racing (a signatory to the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities), in partnership with the Chengdu Municipal Government, the Chengdu Sports Bureau, the Wenjiang District Government and China Guangsha Group.

Some accomplished equine performers will also star on the big day. The Doug Watson-trained 2015 Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 third, Henry Clay will face off with stablemate Jutland, winner of the 2015 Jebel Ali Stakes.

A number of horses are bidding for consecutive China victories, including Special Boy trained by 2015 UAE Champion Trainer, Musabah Al Muhairi who landed the Guangsha Handicap in 2014. He competes over the same distance this season in the Wenjiang Sprint. He takes on Albayan trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, the victor of a 1200m sprint on the same card last season.

Al Muhairi’s Colour Guard and Mutual Force, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe are also being campaigned for repeat wins.

Mr. Walter von Känel, President of Longines, said: “Involved in equestrian sports as early as 1878, Longines is delighted to be the Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup race day for the second year running.

“In addition, the brand will present one of the highlights of this event: the 2200m Chengdu Dubai International Cup, which promises a thrilling moment of action from top-level horses and jockeys.”

Meydan Group Board Member, Mr Mohammed Al Shehhi said: “It is with great pleasure that we return to China for the renewal of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup. We welcome the continued presence of Longines, a long-term and much-valued Meydan Pillar Partner and are delighted to confirm the support of Bank of Dalian as a new partner at this meeting.

“This event represents a fantastic vehicle through which Meydan Group can promote the sport of racing to this new market and build on the existing relationship that exists between the Chengdu Municipal Government, the District of Wenjiang, China Guangsha Group and the Chengdu Sports Bureau.”

Chengdu is situated in the South West of China and is the capital of Sichuan Province. It is a city of historical and cultural significance and acts as a centre for politics, culture, science, education, commerce, finance and international trade. An accessible transportation and communications hub, Chengdu also possesses the largest airport in the region. It is one of the largest cities on mainland China.