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Horse Racing Returns to China After 65 Year Ban

Posted: 10/23/2014 9:13 am

china jockey club

Long a staple of life in Hong Kong, Mainland China has decided to welcome the return of horse racing to meet demand for the sport around the country.

Beijing has formally established the China Jockey Association, an organisation that will be responsible for horse racing and the race horse industry. Horse racing will officially kick-off in next year in July with a race in Shanghai, followed by another in Beijing in October.

Revenues from the industry will be sent to the government, charities, the racing industry itself, and boost prize winnings for lotteries.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club didn’t comment on what influence racing in the Mainland may have on its own lucrative business. Betting on races in Hong Kong is one of the only places to gamble in China, the other being at the casinos in Macau.

Analysts are quick to point out that by establishing a horse racing industry in China, secondary industries will benefit as a result, such as feed industries and blacksmiths.

Despite a ban on horse racing since the Communist Party came into power in 1949, horse racing has had a long tradition in China. The sport was popular in 1850 during the Qing Dynasty in Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin. During the 1930s, horse racing was operated in Shanghai by the British and was also very popular.

At present, Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan are among many cities interested in operating their own jockey clubs.

Photo: msn

  • Tony Bailey

    Interesting article but the headline is not right “Horse racing returns to China after 65 year ban”. You’ve made no mention of the guangzhou racecourse that ran races from 1993 to 1999. The fact it is still called the Racecourse should highlight what it used to be. Any chance you could do a follow-up article on the history of said racecourse?

    You’ll find some basic history of it here:

  • Neobooper

    There was a Horse Race Course in Guangzhou, but only existed for a really short time in the early 2,000′s by Zhujiang New Town. I think it was shutdown after 1-2 years, reason unknown and quickly the whole are now turn into apartment buildings and shopping areas. The only leftover evidence of it existence was there is a road called Ma Chang Lu

    • Tony Bailey

      The whole racecourse area still exists…..including the Jockey Club hotel. The side by Machang Lu has quite a few restaurants. The rest of the area was mainly car showrooms but most of them moved out recently as Guangzhou Evergrande were going to take over a lot of the area for a training ground….that seems to have fallen through as the deputy mayor of Guangzhou was involved in it and he has since been indicted for corruption, some of it related to the re-development of Xian Cun, near Liede.

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