8 December, 2013
The Turf World Championships With Total Prize Money HK$72 Million
The global racing calendar reaches a competitive climax every year with the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races each December. The Club welcomes Owners, Trainers, Jockeys and racing visitors from around the world to this week long party, racing festival and supremacy decider.
The first big event of the festivities is the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship, probably the most fiercely contested jockeys’ challenge anywhere in the world, and the most demanding too as it takes place round the uniquely spectacular inner-city course that is Happy Valley. Traditionally fought out on the Wednesday preceding the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship provides a superb prelude to Sunday’s climax. Twelve world-class world jockeys representing their countries or regions always put on a magnificent show while competing for top honours and prize money in this annual four-race championship; and the quality of the field this year, featuring as it does the winning riders of the Arc, the Melbourne Cup and the Breeders’ Cup races among other champions from around the world, clearly reflects the fact that this is a competition every riding star longs to win.
The week’s next un-missable event is the barrier draw for the LONGINES International Races on the Thursday morning, an entertainment in itself at the spectacular Parade Ring at Sha Tin Racecourse where fans, media and professionals alike observe the reactions of Owners, Trainers and Jockeys to the vitally important post positions their horses receive for Sunday’s great races.
The true stars of any race meeting though are, of course, the horses. Each morning’s trackwork as the big day approaches, and as champions from around the world (no fewer than 80 G1 winners featured among the entries for LONGINES HKIR 2012) are put through their paces in front of the public at Sha Tin Racecourse, is an event in itself, as is the lavish post-trackwork Breakfast at which connections and media share their hopes and views.
And where would any world class sporting event be without a lovely meal? Guests are invited to a wonderful LONGINES HKIR Gala Dinner on the Friday night where the friendships they have made during the week are strengthened and extended amid a cornucopia of gourmet food, fine wines and superb atmosphere.
Then, on the Saturday, overseas guests are taken away from the pulsing excitement of Hong Kong on a relaxing and tranquil City Tour, complemented by a traditional Chinese seafood lunch with more fine wine, before the most anticipated event of the week, and one of the most anticipated of the entire global calendar: Sunday’s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races.
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