With the new season beginning this month, we look forward to the next instalment of 10 To Follow, with the contenders below battling it out with their next choice of runners.
The Champions & Chater Cup – now the closing leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown and the final G1 event on the city’s racing calendar – has a long history that dates back to 1870, when it was known as the Champion Stakes. In 1926, it was renamed the Chater Cup as a tribute to former HKJC Chairman Sir Catchick Paul Chater, then eventually retitled the Champions & Chater Cup in 1955. Since 1995, it has been run on turf over 2,400 metres – a distance contested only three times per season in Hong Kong – and was granted international G1 status in 2015.
The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings confirmed just how influential Hong Kong racing is. Several Hong Kong-trained horses feature in the top spots, including racing fan favourites Golden Sixty (金鎗六十) and Exultant (時時精綵).
Cosseted against the cold, clad in a scarf and bulky jacket, John Size cuts a conspicuous figure in Sha Tin’s sand ring. Leaning on a rail in a favourite horse stall during trial mornings, Size shapes immediately as a creature of habit as he simultaneously monitors the action from the track via a television screen, the recovery of the horses who have already returned after their workouts, and the behaviour of those who are about to head out to the course.
The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (QEII Cup) was first held in 1975 at Happy Valley Racecourse, and later opened up to international competition as a 2200m turf contest at Sha Tin Racecourse in 1995. In 1997, it switched to 2000m before becoming a Group 1 race in 2001. Since then, many winners, from Viva Pataca (爆冷) in 2007 and 2010 to Exultant (時時精綵) in 2020, have been the descendants of Northern Dancer. Dubbed as the “dominant progenitor of his breed” by The New York Times, the Canadian thoroughbred was the winner of the 1964 Kentucky Derby and the 1964 Preakness Stakes, and was the first non-human to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, in 1965.
In the nearly 150 years since the Hong Kong Derby was first run, very few underdogs have provided racing fans with a memorable day at the track. Yet at Sha Tin Racecourse in 1999, Holy Grail (聖利) entered the history books.
The DBS x Manulife Million Challenge six-month series, presented by DBS Hong Kong, ManulifeHong Kong and The Hong Kong Jockey Club, is one of the most intense andexciting competitions on the racing calendar.
Hong Kong’s riders strive for peak performance as Tokyo vows to stage the Olympics this summer
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation (HKEF) has taken the lead to move its activities online and has organised several online knowledge sharing and training sessions for riders and officials. With the pandemic still unfolding, HKEF continues to provide a variety of online activities.
Over the past six months, the worldwide pandemic has affected all industries to some extent. Riders, however, were not stopped by COVID-19. Indeed, they have eagerly welcomed all opportunities to keep themselves engaged in the sport. The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation (HKEF), on behalf of young riders, would like to express its gratitude for one such opportunity– the National Youth Dressage Competition 2020 Yun Shang Carnival, organised by China Equestrian Association (CEA). And to our delight, our riders earned satisfying results in this competition.
Our online seminar helps Member volunteers learn more about the city’s heritage sites.
On 19 and 20 March, Member volunteers took part in an online workshop on sign language, led by instructors from the Hong Kong Network for the Promotion of Inclusive Society (HKNPIS).
From the Centre for Health Protection to the Jockey Club One Health Tower at CityU, the Club is committed to enhancing the city’s medical and healthcare services.
The Club takes a proactive approach to address Hong Kong’s growing elderly population with its Jockey Club End-of-Life Community Care Project.
On 26 and 27 February, Member volunteers took part in the Soap Cycling Virtual Tour organised by the NGO Soap Cycling. During the online workshop, participants learned about the charity’s vision and mission through a demonstration on the recycling process of liquid soap, used soap bar, soap scraps and bottled toiletries, as well as how to make and recycle soap at home.
Our online training session better equips Member volunteers to help those with mental health problems
Learn how to give new purpose to discarded food products at The Green Earth online workshop.
Our online training seminar better equips Member volunteers to support people suffering from this illness.
Join us on a visit to the SPCA Hong Kong, where Member volunteers will have the opportunity to raise their awareness of animal welfare issues
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.