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Training

Appoint a Trainer

Owners must complete an "Authority to Act Form" to authorise a trainer:

  • to enter their horses to run in races,
  • to withdraw their horses from races,
  • to declare their horses to start, and
  • to engage jockeys to ride their horses in races

Please visit Trainer Information Page for a list of licensed trainers in Hong Kong.

General responsibilities of a Trainer

Each trainer shall:

  • Conduct his business properly and with due regard to the interest of his owners and is responsible for the good management and training of horses in his charge;
  • Be responsible for all matters pertaining to the running of his stable including stable routine, the well-being and proper feeding and care of the horses in his care, security inside the stable and the work of the stable staff allocated to him;
  • Conduct his business and fulfill his responsibilities in compliance with all directions of his owners and of the Club;
  • As soon as practicable report to a Veterinary Surgeon of the Club any abnormalities, injuries, or sickness to any horse under his care.

Trackwork

  • Trainers must work their horses, which have been declared to start in a race, publicly on the training track (namely, grass tracks, all weather tracks, trotting rings or bridle path) within 7 days prior to its engagement.
  • Owners can watch their horses at the Trainers' Stand during morning Trackwork, Barrier Trials and Stalls Tests. However, Owners must wear their owner badges and obtain visitor badges for accompanying guests from the security post at the track entrance gate.
Trackwork Time
Monday - Sunday 4:45am - 8:45am

Stable Transfer

Owners have the right to transfer their horses from one stable to another at any time (subject to the approval of Chief Stipendiary Steward) by completing a "Request for Stable Transfer form".

Entries

Horses must first be "entered" in order to run in a race. Trainers will submit entries before the closing time according to the race conditions for each race meeting.

Entries will normally close at:

Meeting Entries Closing Time
Saturday / Sunday 10:00am on Monday
Wednesday 10:00am on Thursday

In the event that races are re-opened due to insufficient entries, entries for these races will normally close at 11:30 am on the same day.

Click here for the Entries and Handicap List of the upcoming race meeting.

Declarations

Trainers are required to declare their horses to run, with details of riders and horse gears, at the prescribed time for each race meeting.

Declarations will normally close at:

Meeting Declarations Closing Time
Saturday / Sunday 8:00am on Thursday
Wednesday 8:00am on Monday

Once a horse has been declared, it cannot be withdrawn unless with the approval of Stipendiary Stewards or on veterinary grounds.

Barrier Draw process

Barrier Draw process is one of the major processes in Declarations, which lasts for approximately 10 minutes on every Declarations morning. Owners are most welcome to participate and witness this process which takes place at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Headquarters. For enquires, please contact Racing Registry at 2966 8349.

Click here for the Declared Starters list of the upcoming race meeting.

Racing

Owners are most welcome to experience the excitement of horse racing at the Owner Facilities which provide a luxurious environment with spectacular views of the excellent racing.

Owners can also join the crowd at the Members' Forecourt to view the races, the winning owners can take photos at the Winning Enclosure with their horse, trainer, jockey and guests.

Prize Money and Bonuses (2017 - 2018 Season)
Handicap / Griffins Races Total Prize Money
CLASS 1 HK$2,500,000
CLASS 2 HK$1,860,000
CLASS 3 HK$1,310,000
CLASS 4 HK$880,000
CLASS 5 HK$660,000
GRIFFINS HK$820,000
Group One Races Total Prize Money
LONGINES Hong Kong Cup HK$25,000,000
Audemars Piguet QEII Cup HK$24,000,000
LONGINES Hong Kong Mile HK$23,000,000
LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint HK$18,500,000
Champions Mile HK$18,000,000
LONGINES Hong Kong Vase HK$18,000,000
Chairman's Sprint Prize @ HK$16,000,000
Stewards' Cup * HK$10,000,000
Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup * HK$10,000,000
Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup * HK$10,000,000
Centenary Sprint Cup @ HK$10,000,000
Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup @ HK$10,000,000
Group Two Races Total Prize Money
Chairman's Trophy HK$4,000,000
BOCHK Jockey Club Cup HK$4,000,000
BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile HK$4,000,000
BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint HK$4,000,000
Premier Bowl HK$4,000,000
Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy HK$4,000,000
Sprint Cup HK$4,000,000
Group Three Races Total Prize Money
Bauhinia Sprint Trophy HK$3,000,000
Celebration Cup HK$3,000,000
Centenary Vase HK$3,000,000
Chinese Club Challenge Cup HK$3,000,000
January Cup HK$3,000,000
Sa Sa Ladies' Purse HK$3,000,000
Lion Rock Trophy HK$3,000,000
National Day Cup HK$3,000,000
Premier Cup HK$3,000,000
Premier Plate HK$3,000,000
Queen Mother Memorial Cup HK$3,000,000
Sha Tin Vase HK$3,000,000
FOUR YEAR OLD CLASSIC SERIES Total Prize Money
BMW Hong Kong Derby 2018 HK$18,000,000
Hong Kong Classic Cup HK$10,000,000
Hong Kong Classic Mile HK$10,000,000
Special BonusAmount
* Triple Crown HK$10,000,000
@ Hong Kong Speed Series HK$5,000,000
  Hong Kong Airlines Million Challenge HK$1,000,000
  Global Sprint Challenge US$1,000,000
  For any horse which wins both the Hong Kong Macau Trophy and the Macau Hong Kong Trophy in the same season, while remaining in the same ownership, and in the stable of the same trainer HK$1,000,000
  50% Bonus Prize Money to the Owners of any ISG which finishes in the first five placings in the Griffin Trophy
High Achievement BonusAmount
For any horse with a minimum rating of 80 which gains its first win in Class 2 before reaching the age of 5
(A horse which had already won an ISG Bonus would receive a top-up bonus of $150,000)
HK$750,000
For any horse with a minimum rating of 80 which gains its first win in Class 1 or above before reaching the age of 5
(A horse which had already won a Class 2 High Achievement Bonus would receive a top-up bonus of $250,000. A horse which had previously won an ISG Bonus but not a Class 2 High Achievement Bonus will receive a top-up bonus of $400,000.)
HK$1,000,000
ISGs BonusAmount
For any ISG which gains its first win in Class 3 before the end of its first full season after year of purchase HK$600,000
Fees (2017 - 2018 Season)
Entry Fees
CLASS 1 HK$7,500
CLASS 2 HK$5,580
CLASS 3 HK$3,930
CLASS 4 HK$2,640
CLASS 5 HK$1,980
GRIFFINS HK$2,460
Riding Fees
Jockey (except for Stable Retained Jockey)
(of which HK$1,000 payable to the Club)
HK$2,200 per ride
Stable Retained Jockey Riding for Supporting Owners & Horses trained by other Trainers
(of which HK$1,000 as contribution towards the retainership of the concerned Stable Jockey)
HK$2,200 per ride
Stable Retained Jockey Riding For Non-supporting Owners in the Stable
(of which HK$5,000 as contribution towards the retainership of the concerned Stable Jockey)
HK$6,000 per ride
Apprentice Jockey
(of which HK$600 payable to the Club)
HK$1,200 per ride
Training Fees
Training Fees HK$1,000 per horse/month
Livery Charges
Training HK$29,500 per horse/month
Spelling (w.e.f. 1 August 2017) HK$14,000 per horse/month
Contributions to Retired Racehorse Programme
Contributions to Retired Racehorse Programme HK$60,000 per horse
Racing Overseas

In addition to racing in Hong Kong, Owners may compete their horses in prestigious races overseas. The success of Hong Kong horses in overseas ventures reflects great credit on Hong Kong and Hong Kong racing. An Owner who wishes to campaign a horse outside Hong Kong must make an application via their nominated trainer to Racing Operations & Services for approval. The Club will usually look favorably on the application if the horse is to contest in a Group race which is considered to be of sufficient value or prestige. The Racing Operations & Services will work with the trainer in submitting entries, declarations and horse shipment logistics.

Owners shall be responsible for all the expenses for their horses’ overseas trip which are not covered by the hosting country, including but not limited to the following items:

  1. Accommodation, meal and travelling expenses of the Trainer, Jockey, accompanying Veterinary Surgeon, professional groom and stable staff
  2. Declarations fee and other registration fees levied by the hosting country
  3. The usual livery charges in Hong Kong

Under the current policy of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, any prize money won by a horse(s) when racing overseas shall be distributed in such a way that the Trainer, Jockey and Stable Staff will receive no less than their normal entitlement under the Rules of Racing in Hong Kong, i.e.

  Trainer Jockey Stable Staff
Winner 9.2% 10% 10.8%
2nd to 6th place 9.2% 5% 10.8%

In the event that the prize money entitlement under the Rules of Racing in the hosting country for the Trainer, Jockey and Stable Staff is higher than their entitlement in Hong Kong, the Owners have to top up the difference out of their share of prize money.