established on Kennedy Road; vanished on Causeway Bay Road
In the early years of racing in Hong Kong a few owners had their own training establishments.
Since the incorporation of HKJC, nearly half of the time, there was no centralized stables.
But some of them were landmarks during the colonial era.
Mr G. C. C. Master had his own stables on Morrison Hill (a pleasant wooded place of residence, now levelled) and he administered for a time the Kennedy Stables before the Club bought them.
G. W. Gegg. The last-named became a valued member. He was for a time Manager of the Kennedy Stables, and for a time was Clerk of the Course.
Col. Dowbiggin says:
“Even in 1906 there was hardly a house in the vicinity (of the Racecourse), except the old terrace of houses on Morrison Hill and one house up the hill near the Jewish cemetery, known as ,the haunted house’. This was later occupied by G. W. Gegg as a training establishment and stables, after he had been manager of the (Kennedy) stables in Causeway Bay. When I came here in May 1906 there were still a few private stables in the Colony, viz., Jardines‘ at East Point, Godfrey Master’s at Morrison Hill, and G. K. Hall Bratton’s at The Castle (on Castle Road); but most of the ponies were kept at the Kennedy Stables at Causeway Bay, adjoining which was the Polo Ground.”
October, a step of far-reaching effect was taken under the leadership of Chairman Chater.
The constitution was revised, giving the Club power to engage in business and to support Charity.
It became the owner of the Kennedy Stables at Causeway Bay.
After the half-yearly meeting in October an important transaction was carried out.
The Club bought the Kennedy Stables.
Of the history of these stables little record has been left.
Col. Dowbiggin says:
“The original stables as started by Mr Kennedy were near the Peak Tram, about where the Army school is.”
Before 1900, however, they had been moved to the corner at Causeway Bay where the Waldorf apartments are now being rebuilt.
The truck park and Naval Football ground a little further east were then the Polo Ground.
At an extraordinary meeting the Chairman said in part:
“Many of you are no doubt aware of the fact that the business of Messrs Kennedy’s Stables will, shortly after the termination of our next Race Meeting, be wound up and cease to exist. It becomes necessary, therefore, for the continuance of Racing, Polo and all other sports or pastimes connected with horseflesh, to provide quarters and stabling for our animals. This is, under our present constitution, outside of our powers, and we seek by the alteration of our rules the powers to invest our funds in the acquisition of land and the erection of stables suitable to our needs. The addition of a garage for motor-cars may also have attraction for many of you.”
Then, Hong Kong racing was gradually shifted to another new phase of development, marked by the policy of centralizing stables.
Not very much later, there was the commencement of the Shan Kwong Road project.
The alteration of rules have been run off successfully and it is in great measure due to their increased popularity that the Club is in such a satisfactory financial condition thereafter.
960 meters = 1/2 mile 170 yards; 1207 meters = 6 Furlong; 1609 meters = 1 mile; 1766 meters = 1 mile 171 yards; 2012 meters = 1-1/4miles; 2816 meters = 1-3/4 miles.
Acknowledgment to Mr Lacuda Mengnah; Mr Peter Yuen; HKJC Archives; Hong Kong Racing Museum for relevant content.