Japan and Hong King both have a long tradition of thoroughbred horse racing, but elsewhere in the Far East it is a sport that has yet to establish itself. That may be about to change as the Mongolian Jockey Club has been busy buying at the Tattersalls July Sale and there are strong indications that China is close to setting up its own racing industry.
Although there’s a strong tradition of horsemanship in Mongolia there’s no racing industry as we would understand it. The Mongolian Jockey Club aims to change that, and is now ready to import thoroughbreds. The first group will be the four horses bought for 24,000 guineas at the first day of the July Sales.
Sandag Dorj, who went racing regularly when he worked in the UK previously, has been running the rule over the horses. He said, “This is our first buying trip to Tattersalls and the horses we’ve bought will be the first group of thoroughbred bloodstock to be imported into Mongolia.”
James Wigan of London Thoroughbred Services, who is advising Dorj, explained what happens next. He said, “From here the horses go to the National Stud, where they will stay until they are imported into Russia. There they will be joined by six horses, including two by Entrepreneur, which we bought out of southern Russia. From there they will travel on to Mongolia.”
The two may bid for other horses during the remainder of the sale, but a second visit in December looks unlikely. The Mongolian winter is so severe that it is all but impossible to bring horses into the country then.
As for China, although the country is behind even its neighbour in its racing industry, a new racecourse has been completed at Erlain on the border between the two countries, which may provide the opportunity for some bilateral development and mutual support in their fledging activity.