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Royston's Chinese Takeaway

Friday 18th of July 2014

On my way back to the UK from my winter in Dubai, I took in a trip to China for the inaugural Chengdu Dubai International Cup raceday. This was the first running of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup raceday, staged as a partnership between the Meydan Group and the Chengdu Municipal Government. It consisted of five turf races and represented a first for International horseracing since it was contested by horses prepared by Dubai Racing Club trainers and ridden by UAE-based jockeys. 

The meeting took place at Jinma Lake Racecourse in Wenjiang, a district in the Garden City of Chengdu.

I book ended the meeting when riding a first and last race double, with Dubai trainers Ali Rashid Al Raihe and Musabah Al Muhairi, claiming two wins each at the inaugural international raceway at Jinma Lake Racecourse in Wenjiang, a district in the Garden City of Chengdu. On my other three rides, I finished 2nd, 3rd and 5th so not a bad day at the office.

I ensured a personal piece of racing history when I drove the 5yo Albayan, trained at Meydan Racecourse’s Grandstand Stables by Al Raihe, over the line in the opening event, the Wenjiang Sprint over 1200m. This meant that I became the first European rider to ride a winner in mainland China.

Al Raihe and I landed our double by winning the days richest race, the Chengdu Dubai International Cup presented by Longines over 2218m, which had a total purse of RMB1.5 million (AED886,755), with bottomweight Mutual Force.

I took the lead as soon as the pace settled, and Mutual Force stayed on dourly to win by a length and three-quarters from one-time Royal Ascot winner, Pisco Sour (Ted Durcan), with his Satish Seemar-trained stablemate Layali Al Andalus (Richard Mullen) the same distance away in third.

When interviewed after the race this is what I said, “I’m very happy to be here, representing the UAE and Britain, and delighted to have ridden a double. I’ve ridden all over the world in the last 17 years and the facilities here compare favourably with anything I’ve seen elsewhere. Everyone who’s been involved deserves great credit.