Sha Tin Racecourse, which first opened in 1978, is located in the New Territories in Hong Kong.
The Racecourse can be reached easily by Kowloon Canton Railway, stopping at Racecourse Station.
The Racing season in Hong Kong starts in September and goes through to June / early July.
The city of Sha Tin itself is a bustling new town of more than half a million people. It is one of Hong Kong 's largest residential districts. The district is comprised of Ma On Shan and Sha Tin New Town. Sha Tin connects to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island via the East Line of the MTR.
Hong Kong Jockey Club, since 1884, operates both Sha Tin Racecourse and Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong .
Major races held at Sha Tin Racecourse includes The Hong Kong Cup, The Hong Kong Vase, The Hong Kong Mile and The Hong Kong Sprint. All races in Hong Kong are run in clockwise direction with the course being easily seen by spectators viewing the races in one of 2 Grandstands capable of holding up to 83,000 people. Horse Racing betting pools in Hong Kong often reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars each meeting. The Hong Kong Jockey Club receives $10.4 billion in annual betting revenues from Sha Tin and Happy Valley. Over 650,000 locals in Hong Kong of 6 million have an internet betting account.
Admission To Sha Tin Racecourse:
Admission fee of HK$10 can be paid at the entrance of the racecourse which gives you access to the Public Stands.
The course features the longest Diamond Vision screen measuring 70.4 metres wide by 8 metres high, equivalent to 4,500 52-cm television sets and the world's first retractable roof over the parade ring.
Tourists staying in Hong Kong can buy a members badge which gives you access to the Members Stand. The Guest Badges can be bought at designated off-course betting branches or you can call there Hotline on 1817 for branch locations and relevant details.
There are two types of racing surfaces at Sha Tin Racecourse. An All Weather (dirt track) located in the centre and a Turf Course which is one of the finest tracks in the world.
The circumference of the dirt track is 1560 metres and has a home straight being 380 metres long.
The Turf Course is 1900 metres in circumference and has a home straight 430 metres long.
There are 2 chutes at the course, one being for 1000m starts and the other being for 1600m and 1800m starts.
HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB
Hong Kong 999077 ( Postal code is not used in Hong Kong )
Ph. (+852) 2695-6223
Sha Tin Racecourse holds fourteen Group One races each racing season.
|Hong Kong Cup||Group 1||2000m||$20,000,000|
|Hong Kong Mile||Group 1||1600m||$16,000,000|
|Hong Kong Derby||Group 1||2000m||$16,000,000|
|Queen Elizabeth Cup||Group 1||2000m||$14,000,000|
|Hong Kong Vase||Group 1||2400m||$14,000000|
|Hong Kong Sprint||Group 1||1200m||$12,000,000|
|Champions Mile||Group 1||1600m||$12,000,000|
|Stewards' Cup||Group 1||1600m||$8,000,000|
|Hong Kong Gold Cup||Group 1||2000m||$8,000,000|
|Hong Kong Classic Mile||Group 1||1600m||$6,000,000|
|Hong Kong Classic Cup||Group 1||1800m||$6,000,000|
|Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup||Group 1||1400m||$6,000,000|
|Chairman's Sprint Prize||Group 1||1200m||$4,500,000|
|Centenary Sprint Cup||Group 1||1000m||$4,500,000|
International Race day, one of the biggest race days in Asia is held each December annually at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Main races run during the day include the Hong Kong Mile run over 1600m, the Hong Kong Sprint run over 1200m, the Hong Kong Cup run over 2000m and the Hong Kong Vase run over 2400m.