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French Handler Saddled Winner at Every Renewal of Meydan China raceday
Saturday April 2, 2017, Jinma Lake Racecourse, Chengdu, China: The 2017 Chengdu Dubai International Cup raceday gets underway tomorrow (Sunday) and Dubai Racing Club trainer, Erwan Charpy is hoping to continue his winning streak at Jinma Lake Racecourse.
The Frenchman has saddled a winner on each of the China racedays courtesy of the returning Citizen’s Charter who claimed the 2014 Meydan Mile in 2014 and Tadmir who doubled up in 2015 and 2016 in the Meydan Handicap.
“We have had a winner every year and a few places so it has been a successful meeting for us,” said the master of Meydan’s Green Stables following trackwork on Saturday morning. “The horses have been running well so we are hopeful of a good show.”
Charpy saddles Pinter in the first race on the card, the 1400m Wenjiang Sprint, which is also the first leg of the inaugural Chengdu Dubai International Cup Jockeys’ Challenge featuring a competition between Chinese jockeys and the visiting internationals.
“We are looking forward to Pinter in the first race. He has been to China before and is going well,” said Charpy.
Pinter will be partnered by South African Group 1-winning jockey, Bernard Fayd’Herbe who is having his first ride at Jinma Lake Racecourse.
Green Stables also has a representative in the third race, the 1600m Guangsha Handicap in the shape of Fa’iz, a veteran of two previous runs in China and who will be ridden by Chinese jockey, Bayier Bate.
“This horse has been in the frame every time and he can run a good race,” said Charpy.
Charpy’s 2014 winner, Citizen’s Charter makes a return to the track on Sunday in the Meydan Handicap over 2418m, partnered this year by Irish rider, Marc Monaghan.
In the featured 2218m Chengdu Dubai International Cup presented by Longines Charpy saddles Petty Officer, third in the 2016 Guangsha Handicap, who will be ridden by Adam McLean.
The five Chinese jockeys who will ride in the jockeys’ challenge include Bate Bayier, Ma Liankai, Wang WenXun, Yu Xuewen and Chen YI, spent time riding out for Dubai Racing Club trainers in Dubai during the 2016-17 season before returning to Chengdu for the raceday.
They will compete against a group of nine jockeys who rode during the 2016-17 Dubai Racing Club season including, Adrie de Vries from Holland, Pat Dobbs and Marc Monaghan from Ireland, Sam Hitchcott, Adam MacLean and Royston Ffrench from the UK, South Africa’s Bernard Fayd’Herbe, Jesus Rosales from Argentina and France’s Gerald Avranche.
Now in its fourth year, the Chengdu Dubai International Cup represents a joint venture between Meydan Group, the Chengdu Municipal Government, the Chengdu Sports Bureau, the Wenjiang District Government and China Guangsha Group.
Results from Sunday’s card will be available on the free Emirates Racing Authority app which will also feature the live stream of the action from Jinma Lake Racecourse and can be downloaded via the app store for android and iphone.