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Hong Kong Racing Facts

  • Where do they race in Hong Kong? Hong Kong racing is centered at two tracks, Sha Tin and Happy Valley.
  • How long has horse racing been in Hong Kong? Happy Valley Race Course opened in 1845. Sha Tin opened in 1978.
  • When do Hong Kong horse tracks race? The 2018/2019 Hong Kong racing season consists of 47 day meetings and 41 night fixtures at Happy Valley and Sha Tin. The final day of racing for the season will be Sunday, July 14, 2019.
  • What are Hong Kong’s most prestigious horse races? Sha Tin hosts the Hong Kong International Races G1 (Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Sprint, & Hong Kong Vase), the Hong Kong Triple Crown G1 (Hong Kong Stewards' Cup, Hong Kong Gold Cup, & Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup) and 6 other Group One Races.
  • Who are the most famous horses to run at Hong Kong? Hong Kong's most celebrated local horse is Silent Witness, but internationally renowned horses such as Talismanic, Highland Reel, Deauville, and Lancaster Bomber have also raced at Sha Tin.
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Hong Kong Stakes Schedule

Date Race Grade
January 1, 2019Chinese Club Challenge CupG3
January 6, 2019Bauhinia Sprint TrophyG3
January 9, 2019January CupG3
January 20, 2019Stewards' CupG1
January 20, 2019Centenary Sprint CupG1
January 27, 2019Hong Kong Classic Mile
January 27, 2019Centenary VaseG3
February 17, 2019Hong Kong Classic Cup
February 17, 2019Queen's Silver Jubilee CupG1
February 17, 2019Citi Hong Kong Gold CupG1
March 17, 2019BMW Hong Kong Derby
April 7, 2019Sprint CupG2
April 7, 2019Chairman's TrophyG2
April 28, 2019Queen Elizabeth II CupG1
April 28, 2019Champions MileG1
April 28, 2019Chairman's Sprint PrizeG1
May 5, 2019Queen Mother Memorial CupG3
May 26, 2019Standard Chartered Champions & Chater CupG1
May 26, 2019Sha Tin VaseG3
June 2, 2019Lion Rock TrophyG3
June 23, 2019Premier CupG3
June 23, 2019Premier PlateG3

Hong Kong Racing History

Horse racing has been a pastime in Hong Kong since the 1800's. Happy Valley racetrack was built in 1845 and hosted its first race in December 1846. From there, horse racing’s popularity in Hong Kong quickly grew.

Hong Kong International Races

The Hong Kong International Races were created in 1989 with the Hong Kong Cup. Initially called the Hong Kong Invitation Cup and restricted to horses from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, the first winner of the ‘Cup’ was a horse named Flying Dancer. The race quickly gained attention and gradually opened to horses from other countries. More races were added to the card in 1991 and today top international horses compete in the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Vase & Hong Kong Sprint.

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