Sha Tin Races

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A world centre for finance and business, Hong Kong is characterised by the dominating skyline and concentrated urban centres so typical of world cities but in spite of this or perhaps because of it, there are numerous ways in which residents and visitors can spend their leisure time.

One such way is horseracing and the sport has become something of a phenomenon in Hong Kong with vast crowds enjoying the regular Grade I races held within two world class horseracing venues.

These are Happy Valley, which occupies a central position within Hong Kong Island, and Sha Tin racecourse which is located in the New Territories.

Sha Tin races draw the biggest crowds, but purely by virtue of it being the biggest course.

The incredible demand for horseracing in Hong Kong is partly because it is the only way to legally bet and partly because there are absolutely stunning venues in which the cream of racing talent compete.

Happy Valley was the first course to be built and dates back to 1845.

Rather than it being built as a city course, the city grew up around it and while it creates an intense and exciting atmosphere it could not meet the demands for racing in the city nor the huge numbers of people who turn up to watch them. Unrestricted by its location in the New Territories, Sha Tin Racecourse is larger than Happy Valley and can accommodate up to 85,000 racegoers. Hosting most of the weekend fixtures, Sha Tin races are easily reached by the Kowloon Canton Railway and the course has its own station.

Sha Tin first opened in 1978 and after significant redevelopments re-opened in 2007. On the first day after re-opening bets of over US$106 million were placed, such was the excitement and anticipation of a new age of Sha Tin races. The capacity was raised from 35,000 to 85,000 by adding a second stand and there are now two tracks which host between them 474 races each season. The turf track is regarded as one of the finest in the world and located within it is the dirt track, which is an all weather surface. At the centre of that is Penfold Park, an urban green space with many popular attractions, open on non-race days.

Race day environments include the Public Stand and the Member Stand, both of which offer great vantage points over the Sha Tin races in addition to numerous bars, dining and betting options.
Sha Tin Races, inside rail

Visitors to Hong Kong can enjoy all the facilities and features of the Member Stand by buying a member guest badge. To qualify, visitors must be staying for less than 21 days in Hong Kong and this is also a requirement to take advantage of the popular Come Horseracing Tours, which comprise admission and a buffet meal within the Visitor’s Box, a premier raceday enclosure.

Hospitality at the Races probably isn’t as expensive as you think!“Do it in style”, there's nothing nicer than being waited on royally during your day at the races!

Sha Tin Races, winner Racing is held at Sha Tin from September to June and there are many Grade I races of international standing to enjoy over the course of the season. Among these are the HK Mile, HK Sprint, HK Vase and HK Cup and when attending these, or any other Sha Tin races, visitors cannot fail to be impressed with both the quality of the competition and with the hospitality and facilities which accompany the events.

There are dining options for those who want a quick bite between races and other restaurant facilities in which to enjoy luxurious meals in stylish environments. There are also many suite and private box options for corporate hospitality and some terrific bar, lounge and other leisure spaces.