As a Shanghai Race Club badge holder you can attend all of The Club’s trophy parties which take place at The Shanghai Race Club’s appointed Clubhouse The Moller Villa, indisputably the most eccentric heritage estate in downtown Shanghai (See full details at the end of this page).
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Shanghai Race Club trophy parties at The Clubhouse surround 8 international race days each year as listed below. Invitations to trophy parties are emailed shortly before each race day. Click here for pictures of previous events
The Dubai World Cup has been held annually since 1996 at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race was the creation of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world’s leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations. Winner: Gloria De Campeao owned by Estrela Energia Stables
Prize money total is US$10,000,000
The Kentucky Derby is an American horseracing event that is run at a distance of ten furlongs on the dirt track of Churchill Downs racetrack. This grade I racing event is open to three year old thoroughbred horses. The race is known in the United States as The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports for the approximate duration of this race. It is also called The Run for the Roses as a blanket of roses is draped over the winner. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown for thoroughbred horses in the United States. In the initial years, the Kentucky Derby was run at a distance of one and half miles but it was changed to one and one fourth miles from 1896. The Kentucky Derby was set in motion on May 17, 1875, in front of ten thousand highly enthusiastic crowds. Though the first race was a grand success, the racing event went through some financial difficulties afterwards. Between 1875 and 1902, an afro-American jockey Alonzo Clayton won the derby at 15 and set a record of winning this event as the youngest rider. The first national television coverage of the Kentucky Derby took place on May 3, 1952. Triple Crown winner Secretariat clocked the record time that has remained unbroken for the last thirty-five years. In 2004, the court passed a writ through which jockeys were allowed to wear advertising logos on their clothing. The system of distributing the purse was changed in 2005 – through which the horses finishing fifth would also receive a share of the purse. The well-known designer, Norman Adams, has been designing logo of the Kentucky Derby since 2002. Prize Money total is US$2,000,000
Gold Cup, Royal Ascot , UK 16th June (Thurs) 22.50 (China timezone)
The event was established in 1807, and it was originally open to horses aged three or older. The inaugural winner, Master Jackey, was awarded prize money of 100 guineas. The first race took place in the presence of King George III and Queen Charlotte.
The 1844 running was attended by Nicholas I of Russia, who was making a state visit to England. That year’s winner was unnamed at the time of his victory, but he was given the name “The Emperor” in honour of the visiting monarch. In return Nicholas offered a new trophy for the race — the “Emperor’s Plate” — and this became the title of the event for a short period. Its original name was restored after nine years, during the Crimean War.
The Gold Cup is the first leg of Britain’s Stayers’ Triple Crown, followed by the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup. The last horse to win all three races in the same year was Double Trigger in 1995. There have been a number of repeat winners of the Gold Cup, and the most successful is Yeats, who recorded his fourth victory in 2009.
The trophy is currently one of three at Royal Ascot traditionally presented by the Queen.
Prize money total is £250,000 distributed as £142,000(winner), £55,000(2nd), £25,00(3rd), £17,500(4th)
The event was established in 1858, and it was originally contested over 3,200 metres. It was founded by Edouard Bénazet (1801–1867), a French businessman who was the manager of the Casino Baden-Baden. The inaugural running was part of a three-day festival to mark the opening of Iffezheim Racecourse.
The race’s distance was cut to 2,800 metres in 1887. It was known as the Jubiläums-Preis from 1893 to 1895, and its length was shortened to 2,200 metres in 1894. The present distance, 2,400 metres, was set in 1898.
Prize money total is EURO250,000 distributed as EURO150,000(winner), EURO$50,000(2nd), EURO$25,000(3rd), EURO17,500(4th))
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Longchamp, France 2nd October (Sun) 22:40 (China timezone)
Popularly referred to as the “Arc”, it is the most prestigious horse race in Europe, and one of the most renowned international events in any sport. Many of its winners are subsequently regarded as champions, and its roll of honour features such highly acclaimed horses as Ribot, Sea Bird, Dancing Brave and Sea the Stars. It is currently the world’s second richest horse race on turf, after the Japan Cup.
Prize money total is EURO4,000,000 distributed as EURO2,280,000(winner), EURO$920,000(2nd), EURO$672,000(3rd), EURO280,000(4th)) 1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86% 3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%5th: 2.86%
The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s major annual thoroughbred horse race. Billed as The race that stops a nation, it is a race for three-year-olds and over, over a distance of 3,200 metres. It is the richest and most prestigious “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races in the world.
Prize money total is AUS$6,000,000 distributed as AUS$3,600,000(winner), AUS$900,000(2nd), AUS$450,000(3rd), AUS$250,00(4th), AUS$175,00(5th),AUS$125,00(6th),AUS$125,00(7th),AUS$125,00(8th),AUS$125,00(9th), ,AUS$125,00(10th)
Japan Cup, Tokyo Racecourse, Japan 27th November (Sun) 16:20 (China timezone)
The Japan Cup is the most prestigious horse race run in Japan. It is contested at the end of November at Tokyo Racecourse in Fuchu, Tokyo at a distance of 2400 meters (about 1 ½ miles) over the grass. With a purse ofJP¥ 528,500,000 the Japan Cup is the richest race on turf in the world, and one of the richest horse races in the world.
Prize money total is JP$528,500,000 distributed as JP$370,000,000(winner), JP$105,700,000(2nd), JP$52,850,000(3rd),
Hong Kong Cup, Shatin, Hong Kong 11th Dec 2011 (Sun) 4:45pm (China timezone)
The Hong Kong Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Hong Kong which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles) at Sha Tin, and it is scheduled to take place each year in mid December.
Prize money total is HK$20,000,000 distributed as HK$11,400,000(winner), HK$4,400,000(2nd), HK$2,000,000(3rd), HK$1,140,000(4th), HK$660,000(5th, HK$400,000(6th)
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INTRODUCTION TO THE SHANGHAI RACE CLUB APPOINTED CLUB HOUSE “MOLLER VILLA”
The Moller Villa was formerly built and owned by Eric Moller a legendary race horse owner who belonged to The Shanghai Race Club in 1920-30’s. The luxurious Moller Villa is now fully restored and owned/professionally managed by the Heng Shan group. Click the Shanghai Cup Map here to see the location in Shanghai or click here to see more photos.
Shipping tycoon Eric Moller was one of the richest men in old Shanghai – with all the trappings that went with it: membership in the Shanghai Race Club (where he owned several horses) and a gorgeous, fantasy mansion in the French Concession. A second-generation China hand, Moller was the scion of a wealthy businessman who had made his fortune in shipping and shipbuilding. Local lore has it that little Deirdre, Moller’s daughter, had a dream in which a house with a fairytale jumble of spires, steeples and gables appeared, and she sketched it upon waking for her father, who then had it built. The story has been discredited, but the storybook castle that is Moller Mansion still seems inspired by a dream. Grand soirees were held on the ornate first floor, inspired by the cruise ships that defined the era and the seafaring legacy that made the Moller fortune: two short “cruise ship” flights of stairs, a porthole window and stylized compass, and everywhere the floors, the ceilings, the walls — is the beautiful Swedish wood that Moller brought over on his own ships. The house rambles magnificently, they say, because a fortune-teller told Moller that disaster would befall him if he ever completed it. And so although the house was essentially done by 1936, he dawdled, finally finishing it in the late 1940s – and soon afterwards, he lost the house to the Communist takeover.
In the garden, a copper statue of a horse stands on the spot where Moller buried his favourite Arabian racehorse – a racehorse that won on Race Day, again and again.
The Shanghai Race Club owner/member badgeholder bedrooms are located in the original Moller Villa building (not the newly built annex). There are 3 Owners bedrooms and 6 Members bedrooms. Shanghai Race Club
Owner badgeholders bedrooms: rmb3600 (USD525) /night (+ 15% service charge) The Members badgeholder bedrooms are similar in design and layout, though slightly smaller. rmb1800/night(USD262) + 15% service charge
The Follower badgeholder bedrooms are located in the newly built wing adjacent to the Moller Villa, but still within the estate walls. rmb900(USD131)/night + 15% service charge
For telephone booking please contact Cherry Liu; Club rooms manager. Telephone: 86 13818617752 . Major credit cards accepted.
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