Most midweek conferences occur within the city venue of Happy Valley, in which the tight and twisty circuit plays host to spectacular evening conferences under lights. Happy Valley nowadays only has had a turf surface with its qualities, horses must have a flexible type of racing style to complete well.
The current Shatin racecourse hosts nearly all conferences in Hong Kong, including all Group One races. It is a spacious and almost completely flat course, with two kinds of racing surfaces (turf and all sorts of-weather). Shatin suits the racing preferences on most horses, giving all challengers a good possibility of winning in almost any given race. Race distances in Hong Kong vary from 1000 meters to some maximum distance of 2400 meters and fields aren’t any bigger than 14 horses.
Having a population close to 1,100 horses from around the world, Hong Kong racing works under an clear to see handicap system, where gallopers gain or lose rating points using their performance around the racecourse. Every equine in Hong Kong includes a rating score plus they progress up or lower a ‘class’ based on their current mark. You will find five classes in Hong Kong (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), with one to be the greatest ranked group and five the cheapest. The category band in Hong Kong is placed around a 20-point interval. The Jockey Club allocates horses into different races with regards to their rating. Any equine with a rating of 95 or higher is qualified to operate in pattern races just like other major racing areas all over the world, Hong Kong includes a program of Group One, Two and Three races because of its elite gallopers.
14 Group One races are run in Hong Kong each season, using the Hong Kong Worldwide Race day in December to be the wealthiest and many important meeting of the season. Locally, the Hong Kong Derby, run in March, is among the most exclusive race for local proprietors and holds lots of public appeal. The HK Derby is really a unique event. Only four-year olds learning Hong Kong are qualified to compete. As Hong Kong has its own great amount of Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere imports, the 4-year senior years is considered appropriate for horses from both hemispheres to race on equal terms.
Hong Kong draws in a few of the world’s finest trainers. World famous equine handlers for example Paul O’Sullivan (Nz), Andrea Schutz (Germany) and David Ferraris (Nigeria), are actually based and apply their knowledge of Hong Kong. The Australian contingent is centered by John Moore (boy of legendary jockey George Moore), David Hall (the initial trainer of Makybe Diva) and also the ever industrious horseman John Size, that has won five from the last seven trainers’ premierships within the territory.
Local trainers also make their presence felt with the kind of Dennis Yip, Danny Shum and Almond Lee constantly buying those who win through the season. Hong Kong racing’s favorite boy Tony Cruz, who accomplished fame worldwide like a jockey in Europe through the eighties, now puts his miracle discuss horses like a trainer and that he remains a dominant estimate the Hong Kong racing scene, particularly when major races are now being run.
Due to the competitive character of jockeys, trainers and also the class system, Hong Kong races are frequently fought against in close finishes. Horses which have just won might not be competitive again within their following start and the other way around. Horses that don’t prosper for any period can get some respite within the handicap and could be competitive again later on. Getting a champion is definitely challenging, however the structure and flair of Hong Kong racing makes finding one out of this racing mad city just a little simpler far more of fun!