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Retirement Policies

Owners can submit Retirement Form to the Racing Registry to retire their horses from racing.

Voluntary Retirement

Owners can retire their horse voluntarily.

Compulsory Retirement

Compulsory retirement criteria are determined by the Stewards of the Jockey Club. The current criteria are as follows:

  • All horses which have reached the age of 11 years.
  • All horses rated 20 or below at the end of each racing season.
  • Horse whose veterinary histories indicate that they are no longer sound and/or safe racing propositions. This includes horses with one eye or blind of an eye, horses that have suffered 3 bleeding attacks and horses that have suffered 3 episodes of irregular heart rhythm. Provided that any horse which will be an 8 year old at the season end or which has not run in a race under the Rules of Racing for a full season will be required to have a full veterinary examination to determine its suitability to remain in training for the coming season.
  • Any horse imported under the Private Purchase Griffin scheme which after one full season is deemed to be beneath the standards required by the Stewards.
  • Any horse which is unruly and which, in the Stewards’ opinion, is unsafe to continue to race.

Retirement Life

All retired horses, except those being exported by their original owners, will be inspected by the Club's veterinary surgeons who will determine the disposal of the retired horses, for example:

  • transfer to Beas River Country Club / riding schools for leisure riding;
  • re-train as a Lead Horse;
  • donate to organizations in Mainland China or overseas for equestrian or training purposes
Horse Export

Owners can export their retired horses to overseas for retirement, equestrian or breeding purposes. The flow chart below illustrates the activities involved in arranging the exportation of a horse overseas.

Horse Export Flow

Hong Kong
Submit Application for Export of Retired Horse

Download the application form:

Application for Export of Retired Horse (By Owner)
Application for Export of Retired Horse (By Livery Holder)

Pre-export Quarantine *
Shipment to overseas country
Overseas Country
Post-arrival Quarantine *
Leisure Riding / Equestrian / Breeding

* Quarantine period is normally up to one month, depending on the country of destination.

Estimated Horse Export Costs

Air Freight Cost:
New Zealand NZD18,000 - NZD39,000
Australia (via New Zealand) NZD22,000 - NZD49,000
United Kingdom £6,000 - £17,000
United States US$13,000 - US$34,000
Hong Kong Charges:
Livery Charges since Pre-export Quarantine / Watchman Fees / Drivers, etc HK$12,000
Vet Charges HK$5,500
Club Administration Charges HK$1,500
Hong Kong Custom Charges HK$1,000
Hong Kong Charges Total HK$20,000

Note: The costs are subject to number of horses sharing the pallet and the exchange rate at time of travel.

Replacement Permit

There are three kinds of Replacement Permits:

Permit Type Normal Replacement Special Replacement Replacement for the Original Permit
Qualification (for importing a PP with 70+ HK rating) 1st Time Applicants (for importing a PP with 80+ HK rating) Others (for importing a PP with 85+ HK rating)  
Pre-conditions
  • Original horse was NOT imported under a Normal or Special Replacement Permit;
  • Retired within 12 months of arrival in Hong Kong; and
  • Did not have more than 5 starts in Hong Kong
  • Each Owner can apply for a Special Replacement Permit only once in every season.
  • Original horse was retired within 18 months of arrival in Hong Kong; and
  • Did not have more than 1 start in Hong Kong

Example: If the original horse was imported under a PPG permit, a Replacement permit for importing a PPG will be granted.

  • Original horse must be exported to overseas at Owner's cost, unless the horse is certified not suitable for export by the Club's Veterinary Surgeon
  • Applications must be submitted to the Racing Registry within 2 weeks after the retirement of the original horses
Download Application Form Application Form Application Form

** The Stewards have revised the replacement permit policy whereby Owners of a horse which was imported under a normal permit from the annual Horse Ballot may apply for a maximum of two consecutive replacement permits from this normal import.

The Stewards have also decided that Owners of any replacement horses that are currently in training may apply for a further and final replacement permit upon retirement, regardless of the aforementioned quota limit; and that the same policy will be applicable to all replacement horses yet to be imported under an outstanding replacement permit issued on or before 30 June 2014.

The above changes will become effective from 1 July 2014.