Hong Kong Horse Racing History in Brief



1846– The first recorded race meeting held at Happy Valley. Meetings are initially staged once a year and usually timed to coincide with the Lunar New Year.
1884- HKJC was founded to put local horse racing better organized while the Club takes a commission on bets mamaged by private clubs.
1907- The first Club Secretary is appointed and a Club office is set up in Central.
1931- The first permanent stands at Happy Valley were built. The two 3-storey stands were replaced in to 7-storey architectures 20 years later.
1957- two seven-storey structures, which were further expanded into the basic prototype of grandstand recognizable today.
1959- Charitable donations from the Club have become large enough to warrant the formation of The Hong Kong Jockey Club (Charities) Limited. In 1993, this is replaced by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Allocations to charities currently average HK$1 billion a year.
1969 two seven-storey structures were expanded to form part of today’s viewing stands which can hold 55,000 racegoers.
1971 HKJC switched from being an amateur to a professional racing organisation.
1974- The Club opened the first six Off-Course Betting Branches (OCBBs) to combat illegal bookmaking. A telephone betting service also commenced with 2,000 accounts.
1978- Sha Tin Racecourse in the New Territories opens. With a capacity of over 80,000.
1981- Computerisation of Telebet is completed. Off-Course Betting branches are fully computerised two years later.
1988- Hong Kong‘s first international race, the Hong Kong Invitation Cup, is held at Sha Tin
1995- Happy Valley Racecourse is redeveloped and upgraded to an all grass racecourse with world-class facilities.
2004- A first of the world retractable roof,above the new Parade Ring was opened as part of a series of stunning upgrades to the Sha Tin Racecourse facilities.
2008- held at HKJC-provided venues, Equestrian events of the Beijing 2008 Olympics won high and successful acclaim from international equestrian circles.
2009- HKJC is the Principal Contributor to 5th East Asia Games, the first international multi-sports event hosted by Hong Kong.
2010- HKJC contributed to the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games Equestrian Events,by designing and constructing its equestrian events venue at Conghua.
2011- HKJC opened 109 Off-Course Betting Branches (OCBBs), telephone betting services increased over one million accounts, horse-race betting tickets were sold over 5.5 millions on each race-meeting.



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