In late April, a group of proud Australian China Jockey Club (ACJC) “parents” paid a visit to their first baby at Musk Creek Farm.
A special breeding exercise made possible by the generous support of Adam Sangster of Swettenham Stud, the Zabeel mare Gallata, was loaned to the ACJC, free of charge, so that 20 ACJC members could experience and enjoy the taste of being a breeder.
Founded by Teresa Poon and Derek Lo, the ACJC is a social club for Asians, with the focus on Chinese who are living predominately in Victoria, and open to Asians of other states in Australia.
Amongst the Chinese in Australia, Teresa is one of the few leading authorities in horse racing. She is one of the only few Chinese who is actively involved in the industry at multiple levels for a considerable time, and has enviable records of successes in the industry. Teresa has intimate knowledge of how the industry works and what the Asian community wants in lifestyle.
Derek is a successful lawyer and entrepreneur in his own right and has an established track record in servicing Chinese business people. Keeping a high profile in the Chinese media and community, he has been involved in organising hundreds of events from charity dinners to major events with 80,000 people. He has previously sat on the board of an ASX listed company, and is currently the legal advisor for more than 30 non-profit organisations. He also serves as the Honourable President of the Lions of Sino Innovation Melbourne Inc.
The ACJC are not syndicators, but rather aim to create a force in the industry and be a passionate advocate of their interest. Members are provided with quality services and by encouraging active participation in all their racing activities, not only does ACJC lead the Asian community to the sport, they also provide the community a means to assimilate into the Australian society and a platform to “give back” to the community. The Club plans to provide some of its surplus funds to charities working for the community and for the welfare of horses, particularly after they retired, to ensure their horses are well looked after.
ACJC members decided that they wanted to breed a stayer, so Gallata was sent to the great Melbourne Cup winning stallion, Americain. This mating resulting in a very nice filly, who is now a rising 2-year old. The playful filly looks well balanced and is surely destined to be a racer and do her parents proud when she hits the racetrack.
With such high hopes set for the filly, the training team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig of Lindsay Park have been selected as her trainers. She has also been named “AeeCee Dolce”, which is Australian Chinese plus Dolce, a girl’s name of Italian origin meaning sweet.
It is reasonable to suggest that the ACJC has what it takes to connect and engage the Asian community for the betterment of this great sport in horse racing and we look forward to following the filly’s journey!