Hong Kong Horse Racing Tips
Horse racing has been a part of Hong Kong’s culture for a long time with the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), a non-profit organisation that provides sports betting, being one of the oldest institutions in the region having been formed in 1884.
With meetings on Wednesdays and Sundays, the Hong Kong racing schedule is well organised throughout the year with over 700 races and HKJC racing often draws huge crowds of over 100,000 people, who produce an unprecedented betting turnover.
Top Hong Kong Horse Races
Hong Kong Cup
A Group 1 contest over 2,000 metres for horses ages three or older, which is run annually at Sha Tin in December. One of four Hong Kong International Races, the Hong Kong Cup is the richest race in Hong Kong and offers a purse of HK$25million, consequently making it the wealthiest prize over the distance worldwide.
Hong Kong Mile
The second of the International Races, the Hong Kong Mile is a Grade 1 race run over a mile with HK$23m prize-money up for grabs. It was introduced in 1999 and promoted to a top-level contest a year later.
Hong Kong Vase
The longest of the four International Races, the Hong Kong Vase is run over a mile and a half and is worth HK$18m in prize-money. Overseas raiders have a great record in the race and rider Olivier Peslier has proved the man to follow with four victories.
Hong Kong Sprint
A speed test that is normally won by a local champion. The final leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, the Hong Kong Sprint often lends itself to multiple winners and provides a purse of HK$20m. Run over six furlongs, this race has been won by the likes of Aerovelocity and Beat The Clock in recent years.
Hong Kong Derby
Held annually since 1873, the Hong Kong Derby is the premier event on the domestic racing programme. Originally held at Happy Valley, the Hong Kong Derby was moved to Sha Tin in 1979 and has been hosted there since. Restricted to four-year-olds, the Derby has been dominated by trainers John Size and John Moore over the last ten seasons.
Top Hong Kong Horse Racing Tracks
Built in 1978, Sha Tin is the largest of two tracks in Hong Kong and plays host to the biggest meeting – International Races fixture – among 474 contests each calendar year. With a capacity of 85,000 people, Sha Tin races is often packed to the rafters and is only ever used for racedays. Australian rider Zac Purton has a great record at the venue.
With a capacity of 55,000, Happy Valley is the smallest Hong Kong racecourse but provides a wonderful spectacle when it hosts a customary Wednesday evening fixture. An oval track, which was built in 1845, surrounds football, hockey and rugby fields. Again, Purton and Joao Moreira are worth following here.
Horse Racing in Hong Kong – facts
Both Hong Kong racetracks – Sha Tin and Happy Valley – are an oval in shape, so racing against the rail and therefore not giving metres away to your rivals is a huge plus. Unlike British racing, where a lot of Flat tracks are straight or have unique layouts, a low draw is crucial.
Betting turnover is through the roof in Hong Kong horse racing today, and keeping your eye on the late market moves usually helps you make profit.
How to bet on Hong Kong racing in the UK
Which bookmakers offer betting on Hong Kong Horse Racing?
Most firms offer Hong Kong horse racing betting. Punting on Hong Kong racing is on the up in Britain and bet365 probably produces the best and most up-to-date markets, although they are available everywhere.
Hong Kong Horse Racing Odds
Hong Kong horse racing odds are devised through parimutuel gambling, much like in America, where all bets are put into a pool which determines the price of a horse based on the amount placed on that runner. There are no individual bookmakers like in Britain.
Where to find Hong Kong Horse Racing Results
For Hong Kong horse racing results and Hong Kong horse racing cards, it is wise to look on www.racingpost.com, who cover every meeting. If you are looking for individual Hong Kong race results and want to look elsewhere, bookmaking firms tend to produce the goods.
How to watch Hong Kong Horse Racing from the UK
Sky Sports Racing show Hong Kong horse racing live on Wednesdays and Sundays. You can also watch the action on bookmaking websites through the Hong Kong horse racing live stream service.
What is the Horse Racing Hong Kong Schedule?
The Hong Kong horse racing schedule is as follows: Happy Valley host evening meetings every Wednesday, while early risers can witness the Sha Tin action on Sunday mornings.
What time does Hong Kong Horse racing start?
Starting times fluctuate throughout the course of the season, but Happy Valley tends to get underway mid-morning GMT time, while Sha Tin’s Sunday fixtures can start as early as 4am GMT.
How do I bet on horses in Hong Kong?
Most bookmakers offer markets on Hong Kong horse racing.
Where do I find Hong Kong Horse Racing Replays?
There are plenty of replays available on Youtube. However, replays aren’t as easily accessible as British or US action.
Where can I find the Hong Kong Horse Racing Calendar?
By going on the Hong Kong Jockey Club website. It shows you which track is racing and when on a calendar system.
What is the greatest horse race in Hong Kong?
The Hong Kong Derby is the premier race on the domestic programme, but the four International Races provide the biggest prize-money pool.
Is there Hong Kong Horse Racing live today?
If it’s a Wednesday or Sunday, the chances are there is!
How do I see Hong Kong Horse Racing ratings?
Most racecards will show you the ratings of runners in Hong Kong.