On The Right Track
The Pok Oi Cup has a rich history that goes well beyond Sha Tin Racecourse and deep into the community
The Pok Oi Cup was first run in 1994. Last September, Frankie Lor-trained King Opie (勁無比), under jockey Karis Teetan, edged out Beauty Spirit (美麗精神) to win by half a length at the Pok Oi Centenary Cup.
Pok Oi Hospital – after which the race is named – has, since its foundation in 1919, followed its motto of 'We Love, We Care, We Serve' in every aspect of its medical and charitable services to the public. Over the years, the hospital has received tremendous support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club and other benefactors. Today the hospital continues to carry out various projects with support from the Club's Charities Trust, such as the Jockey Club Community eHealth Care Project and neighbourhood support initiatives that, in turn, add great value to the larger community.
With the Pok Oi Cup's roots extending far beyond the racetrack and deep into the society, it serves as a perfect example of the multifaceted connection between racing and the people of Hong Kong.