Hong Kong Horse Racing

Hong Kong Horse Racing

The Hong Kong Horse Racing season is jam packed with top Group 1 races which means it is now one of the most popular places to go racing in the world. The racing in Hong Kong is split between the world famous Happy Valley Racecourse and the brilliant Sha Tin track which hosts the bigger Group 1 races of the season. Racing is the most popular spectator sport in Hong Kong and it is run and regulated by the renowned Hong Kong Jockey Club.

With all the top races in Hong Kong attracting huge prize money now as well as big sponsorship and extensive live TV coverage which means that the Hong Kong Horse Racing scene is only expected to continue to grow.

Feature Hong Kong Races

There are several top races in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Derby always a popular event with fans and punters, unlike most Derby's this one is open to four year old horses rather than three which makes it unique. Sha Tin also hosts the prestigious Hong Kong International races day which takes place in December and is unofficially known as the 'Turf World Championships' due to the quality of the fields in each race. The day consists of four Group1 Races of varying distances back-to-back on one spectacular card of Racing which means it is one of the very best meetings of the year anywhere in the world

The Champions Mile is one of the biggest one mile races in the world and is part of the Asian Mile Challenge which consists of four legs in Australia, Dubai, Japan and of course in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Triple Crown

The Hong Kong Triple Crown consists of three Group 1 Races and increasing distance that test a horse to its limit and the Hong Kong version is perhaps one of the toughest in the world. Only one horse has ever won all three legs of the Triple crown and that was River Verdon all the way back in 1994 which highlights the challenge on the hands of any hopefuls. Here are the three legs of the Hong Kong Triple Crown.

  Month Distance Grade 2009 Winner
Hong Kong Stewards Cup January 1600 metres Group 1 Good Ba Ba
Hong Kong Gold Cup February 2000 metres Group 1 Viva Pataca
Champions and Chater Cup May 2400 metres Group 1 Viva Pataca