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  • The Club’s Board of Stewards is committed to promoting the development of racing and horse sports.
  • Over the past decade, Hong Kong has become a focal point on the international racing stage due to the key successes in: quality of racing, number of top horses, business innovations, world best-in-class facilities and the Club’s international leadership in racing development.
  • CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges - Vice Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities; Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation. Executive Director of Racing William Nader - Chairman of the Asian Pattern Committee; Vice Chairman of International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee. Director of Racing Development Andrew Harding - Co-Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities Technical Advisory Committee; Secretary General of the Asian Racing Federation. Head of Handicapping and Race Planning Nigel Gray - Co-Chairman of the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.

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  • From a single Int’l Group 1 race in 1999, HK now hosts 10 Int’l Group 1 events each year, 5 of which are listed among the world’s top 50 Group 1 races.
  • The Hong Kong Int'l Races in December are now widely recognised as the Turf World Championships. Four Int’l Group 1 races are held on a single day - the Hong Kong Cup (2000M), Sprint (1200M), Vase (2400M) and Mile (1600M). Together with the QEII Cup (2000M) and Champions Mile (1600M), these int’l events attract top thoroughbreds and racing fans globally. Starting from this season, the Stewards’ Cup (1600M), Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000M), Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (2400M) and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400M) were upgraded to Int’l Group 1 status, showcasing the significant progress of HK races internationally.
  • Our world-class racing brand features high quality, uncompromising integrity and competitive fields with over 12 horses per race, attracting global simulcast interest for all 83 race days in major jurisdictions such as America, Australia, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and parts of Europe.

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  • In 2014, HK had 23 horses with international ratings of 115 or above in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. HK ranks fifth in the world, surpassed only by established racing powerhouses: Australia, Great Britain, the USA and Japan – all of which have far larger racehorse populations. The ratio of elite horses out of a small horse population of 1,200 is exceptional.
  • Able Friend was named the World's Best Racehorse for the first time in the April 2015 edition of the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings. This is the first time that a Hong Kong horse has been rated at the pinnacle of the world rankings. The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings are horseracing's equivalent to world rankings by other major sporting organisations. They are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide and are published at regular intervals throughout the year with the consolidated annual rankings released in January.
  • Silent Witness stands out as Hong Kong’s most beloved legendary horse. In 2004, he was named one of Time magazine’s most influential “people” in the world; and in 2005, he went on to achieve a world record-breaking 17th straight victory. After the first overseas win in a Group 1 race by Fairy King Prawn in 2000, HK horses have gone on to win a total of 20 overseas Group 1 races.

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  • Many of HK’s top-class trainers, like John Moore, Tony Cruz, Ricky Yiu, Caspar Fownes and John Size, have led their horses to international fame.
  • HK’s world-class racing attracts many top-class jockeys from overseas, from Basil Marcus and Felix Coetzee, to Douglas Whyte, Zac Purton, Joao Moreira. Many are also invited by overseas trainers to partner their horses to victory in races around the world.
  • HK’s intensely competitive environment allows our local jockeys to push themselves beyond their limits and achieve outstanding results. One good example is Matthew Chadwick who won the Int’l Group 1 Hong Kong Cup twice.
  • Since 1972, the Club has been nurturing its local jockeys. Some have gone on to become top trainers in the industry, including Tony Cruz, Ricky Yiu, Dennis Yip and Danny Shum.

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  • The Club operates high-calibre racing on account of its professional racing operations team and state-of-the-art racecourse facilities, including world-class track maintenance, drugs monitoring by the Racing Laboratory, and horse healthcare by the Equine Hospital.
  • On account of its world-class reputation, as well as the excellent facilities in Sha Tin Racecourse, the internationally-recognised horse quarantine system, health care services and racing laboratory, the Club successfully hosted the 2008 Beijing Olympics Equestrian Events. The President of the International Equestrian Federation complimented the Club, calling this event the best in history.

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  • Integrity is the foundation of quality in racing. The integrity of Hong Kong horse racing is highly recognised worldwide. This area is governed by a combination of various teams including: a panel of 7 Racing Stewards chaired by a Club Steward, the judges’ panel, the Racing Laboratory and the Security team.
  • Chief Stipendiary Steward Kim Kelly is the Chairman of the Int'l Harmonization of Raceday Rules Committee, which advocates a common approach on raceday rules, ensuring integrity, fairness, the welfare of horses and riders, so as to promote racing internationally.
  • Head of Racing Laboratory Dr Terence Wan is the first ethnic Chinese to receive the Association of Official Racing Chemists Award, a career achievement award for making exceptional contributions to assist the science and practice of racing chemistry.

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  • Happy Valley Racecourse and Sha Tin Racecourse are global icons in the sport of horse racing and are highly praised by visitors. In recent years, the Club has invested HK$6 billion as part of the revitalising racing strategy, rebranding the racecourses with a variety of social entertainment experiences.
  • Racing under the lights of the iconic Happy Valley Racecourse has become a new social experience, especially with the introduction of the Beer Garden, adrenaline and The Gallery. At Adrenaline, the Club has developed the world’s largest digital interactive table that takes the racing experience into a new era.
  • With Penfold Park at its centre, Sha Tin Racecourse is also called a garden racecourse. It is where all 10 of HK’s Group 1 events,
    as well as feature racedays such as Ladies’ Purse Day and the CNY Raceday, are held. The many varieties of catering options,
    including Hay Market, Wins Cafe and Champion Circle, offer unparalleled dining and entertainment experiences.