Hong Kong Jockey Club

If you come to Hong Kong, it is a very worthwhile experience to enjoy the fierce horse races at a great racecourse of Hong Kong Jockey Club, which can be exciting. Horse racing sport in the city commenced in 1841, after the arrival of the British. In 1884, the Jockey Club was founded. Then in 1971, it was changed to a professional horse racing institution from an amateur one. Today, the Jockey Club is ranked as one the biggest and leading horse racing clubs in Asia. It has won respect and popularity among all sectors of Hong Kong by its illustrious history and fine traditions.

Generally speaking, a racing season lasts for about eleven months, from early September to mid July of the next year. During that period, more than 700 races are held. Daytime races usually take place on Saturdays or Sundays at Sha Tin Racecourse, while night races are often held on Wednesdays at Happy Valley Racecourse, unless a certain day happens to be a holiday. International first-class races are held at both racecourses, including Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Longines HK International Races, and the Champions Mile Race, which are all targeted at world-famous horses.

In addition to hosting horse racing events and providing lottery activities, the Jockey Club has long been engaged in donating to charitable causes. It devotes the surplus each year to charity and community projects, for example, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Victoria Park, Hong Kong Ocean Park, and HK Stadium are all constructed under the investment of the club, successfully combining horse racing sports with public welfare undertakings.
Happy Valley Racecourse
Happy Valley Racecourse


Happy Valley Racecourse

Located between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, it has a history of more than one hundred years. As soon as the British arrived at Hong Kong, they set about draining a marsh at Happy Valley and transforming it into a racecourse. Since then, the racetrack has been in constant use, with the exception of being closed for a few years during World War II. As the first racecourse in Hong Kong, it saw the first formal horse race held in HK on December of 1846. Having been expanded, the racecourse can now accommodate over 20,000 spectators. Surrounded by skyscrapers, Happy Valley racing is so popular that thousands of racegoers will come and enjoy the thrilling races.
Entrance Fee Public Enclosure: HKD 10
Member’s Enclosure:
HKD 130 for normal horse racing days
HKD 190 for major horse racing days
Admission Time 17:15
How to get to Happy Valley Racecourse 1. Take MTR Island Line, get off at Causeway Bay station, and then get out from Exit A - Times Square. Walk for about 15 minutes to Wong Nai Chung Road.
2. Take bus line 1, 1P, 8X, 10, 19, 37B, 37X, 72A, 72, 75, 76, 77, 90, 96, 97, 117 or 592, and get off at Happy Valley Racecourse station.
3. You can hop on a tram marked 'Happy Valley' anywhere in the north of HK Island and arrive at the racecourse. The fare is HKD 2.3.

Racing Museum

Situated on the second floor of Happy Stand, in Happy Valley Racecourse, the Racing Museum is 557 square meters (6,000 square feet) in size and composed of eight exhibition halls and a small cinema, which can hold an audience of 84. The themes of each hall include HK’s horse racing evolution and history, development of Happy Valley and Sha Tin racecourses, and material about a few renowned horses, for example, the skeleton of Silver Lining, the three-time HK Horse of the Year. In addition, short videos about horse racing are often shown in the cinema, through which visitors can acquire more detailed horse racing knowledge. A special point of the museum is that it exhibits vivid mini models to simulate the scenes of feeding and training horses. Apart from the models, some certificates, trophies, and tools are displayed. Shoes specially designed for horses to walk are a practical invention. This kind of shoes can protect horses from falling down and reduce the noises made by metal horseshoes as well. In the museum, there is a place to design jockey's costume by computer. Visitors can design a jockey shirt for themselves and take photos wearing the shirt to feel the horse racing culture.
Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours Ordinary Days: 12:00 to 19:00
Night Race Days: 12:00 to 21:00
How to get to Racing Museum Same as that of Happy Valley Racecourse.


Sha Tin Racecourse

Sha Tin Racecourse, at Shatin District in the east of New Territories, was built in 1978 by reclaiming land from the sea. With the capacity of holding more than 60,000 spectators, it is universally acknowledged as a world-class racetrack. The business hall of Sha Tin Racecourse consists of two floors and is provided with a large number of ticket windows for punters. Rows of fluorescent displays are arranged in the hall for people to watch real-time situation in the racecourse.
Entrance Fee Public Enclosure: HKD 10
Member’s Enclosure:
HKD 130 for normal horse racing days
HKD 190 for major horse racing days
Admission Time 11:00
How to get to Sha Tin Racecourse 1. Take MTR East Rail Line and get off at Racecourse station (only available on race days).
2. Take MTR East Rail Line, get off at Fo Tan station and then walk for about 15 minutes.
3. Take KMB line 802,848, 868, 869, 872, 885, 886, 887, 888, 889, 891, 893, or NWFB 811 and get off at Sha Tin Racecourse.
1. Races on Wednesdays often take place in Happy Valley, while race meetings on Saturdays (or Sundays) are often held in Sha Tin.
2. No person under 18 is allowed to bet or enter premises where gambling is permitted.
3. No person under 18 is allowed to enter the racecourses.
- Last updated on Jan. 16, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Jockey Club
Asked by Ian Cochrane from HONG KONG | Jan. 16, 2020 18:03Reply
Does the jockey club run a shuttle service to Shatin races from HK Happy Valley?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mireille from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 16, 2020 21:57

Sorry, I didn't find the shuttle bus. It is suggested to take bus no.671 from Lap Tak Lane, Morrison Hill Road to Diamond Hill Station and then transfer to bus no.74A to Lok Lo Ha. The whole way takes around 120 mins with the fare of 20HKD per person. After arriving, walk southeast around 800 meters to find the destination.
Asked by happy from MALAYSIA | Nov. 17, 2017 02:53Reply
Can i bring my kids to join the fun for Chinese new year 2018 race day at Hong Kong Jockey Club?
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Answered by Elina from SINGAPORE | Nov. 19, 2017 19:49

Oh, it is a good idea; however, it is regulated that kids no more than 18 years old cannot enter.
Asked by me j from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 09, 2016 16:20Reply
Thursday Race of Hong Kong Happy Valley on December 22, 2016
I would like to ask if tourist will be allowed to watch the race on this date or only during wednesday night?
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Answered by Lisa from RUSSIA | Dec. 11, 2016 02:11

Of course it is fine to watch the race on Dec. 22, when the race will be on. U can even book the seats online in advance. Try to search "jackey club".
Asked by maureen from ENGLAND | Jul. 16, 2016 14:44Reply
I am in HK 13th - 16th January 2017 - are there any race meetings between those dates?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paco from SPAIN | Jul. 18, 2016 04:20

Yes, you can see a race on January 15th, Sunday. Have fun! :)
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