10 May 2016
A visit to Tattersalls, the world’s oldest bloodstock auctioneers
On the first day of their visit, the group visited Tattersalls, the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world. That day was the second day of the Guineas Breeze Up Sale, where two-year-old horses are offered for sale with their purchasers hoping for success on the racecourse in the very near future. In the evening, they travelled to the nearby city Cambridge to enjoy a welcome dinner with director Joe Osborne and China project marketing officer Chao Wang.
30th April -1st May
Guineas weekend, one of the highlights of the racing calendar
During the weekend, the group visited the Rowley Mile racecourse to attend the Guineas meeting. The 2,000 Guineas (for three-year-old colts) and 1,000 Guineas (for three-year-old fillies) are the first Classic races of the UK racing season.
A visit to Godolphin’s thoroughbred racing stable
After the enjoying the sales and the races, the group visited Godolphin’s headquarters at Dalham Hall Stud. They were able to view the Darley stallions, plus some of the mares and young foals currently at the farm, which provided them with a greater understanding of the processes involved in breeding a Champion racehorse.
Discover Newmarket, the home of horse racing
On 4th May, the group visited various racing-related organisations in Newmarket including The Jockey Club Rooms, The British Racing School, The National Stud and The National Horseracing Museum.
Here they learned about the importance of Newmarket in the UK thoroughbred industry, as well as how the industry works as a whole.
A visit to Godolphin Stables and Cambridge
Today, the group visited Godolphin’s yard at Moulton Paddocks. Moulton Paddocks is one of Godolphin’s two training yards in Newmarket. With the introduction from assistant trainer James Ferguson, they did not only see some of the best racehorses in the Godolphin yard, but also had the chance to talk with trainer Charlie Appleby and Jockey William Buick in the Godolphin team.
In the afternoon, they also visited the historical city of Cambridge, enjoying a walking tour around King’s College where the famous poet Xu Zhimo once lived. They also took a punting tour along the River Cam, enjoying many of the spectacular sites that Cambridge has to offer.
Last day of the visit, back to China with many happy memories On the last day of the visit, the group took time to reflect on their visit and share what they had learned.
Now they have been back to China and will hopefully continue to share their experience here with friends and classmates.