Horse racing became a fixture in Hong Kong in 1841 but enjoyment of this sport was originally confined to the city’s elite. Today, a trip to one of the city’s world-class tracks – Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island or Sha Tin in the New Territories – will confirm that horse racing has very much gone mainstream in Hong Kong.
The racing season starts in September and runs to July of the following year. Any meeting will provide a taste of the local passion for racing, with hundreds of fans armed with racing guides intently listening to radio commentary, gripping their betting sheets and cheering on their favourites. To experience all the real glamour and spectacle of the sport, try to see the Hong Kong Derby, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup or the ‘turf world championship’ Hong Kong International Races, when some of the richest racing purses in the sport attract horses and jockeys from all over the world and the competition is intense.
Come Horse Racing Tour
Join the Come Horse Racing Tour to enjoy the action on the turf from the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Member’s Enclosure, which has optimal views of the track. Tour Guides will provide you with betting information and assistance.