Jockey training graduate wins G2

30th Jul 2015 | News

Darley jockey training graduate, Chen Li, had fantastic day at China Horse Industry Association’s race day at the China Horse Capital racecourse in Inner Mongolia on Saturday.


On Saturday 25th July, the China Horse Industry Association (CHIA) hosted one of its race days at the China Horse Capital racecourse in Inner Mongolia. It was one of the largest race days in China with a number of group races on the card, which attracted many leading racing clubs as well as racing fans from different provinces in China.

China Horse Club jockey, Chen Li, a Darley jockey training graduate, performed extremely well winning a G2 race as well as taking second place in the G1 making him one of the most successful jockeys on the day.

Chen was born in Hubei in 1990, educated in Hubei and has been working for the Wuhan Jockey Club as a riding member since graduating from Wuhan Business University in 2012.

In 2013 he was offered a place on the Darley Jockey Training programme along with many others. The course comprised of eight weeks at the British Racing School in Newmarket, where they learnt a number of skills including riding — both on a simulator and on the gallops, together with fitness training, stable management and language training. They also attended a number of lectures where they gained a broader understanding of riding terminology, race tactics and other theoretical aspects of race riding.

Chen loves horses and has been riding since childhood so he cherished the opportunity to enhance his riding ability and focus on improving his skills. His hard work and talent were recognised early on and everyone who has known him believes in his potential.

After graduation from Darley, he joined CHC and has been one of the top jockeys at that club since then.

Talking about his success in Saturday’s races, he said, “I am still a young jockey but what I learned on the Darley Jockey Training programme, especially the pushing skills, has made me a better jockey. After the graduation, CHC gave me the platform to use what I have learnt and I am very grateful to all of the people who made this possible.”

When asked what he was thinking at the finishing line, he said that he was so excited because this win was about the team work behind it and he thanked the owner, trainer and everyone that has contributed.

We wish Chen Li more success in the future.