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SHA TIN RACECOURSE



 

SHA TIN RACECOURSE 沙田馬場 one of the two racecourses managed by Hong Kong Jockey Club for horse racing located in Sha Tin, New Territories.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • 1971-10-Basically the new racecourse project was approved by the government.
  • 1973-12-ShaTin Racecourse project was commenced and implemented in full scale.
  • 1974-03-beginning of reclamation and land-fill
  • 1976-06-01 construction of ShaTin Stables.
  • 1978-10-07 opening by Governor MacLehose ceremony and Chairman P G Williams, meanwhile, an inaugural race was held.
  • 1985-11-second grandstands completed.
  • 2003-08-31 the world’s longest television display Diamond Vision screen.
  • 2004-11-21 new retractable parade ring roof opened officially, facilitating comfortable environment for thousands of racegoers to inspect horses’ pre-race from.
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    Summary

     

    1973, the new racecourse was approved under the administration of Sir David Akers-Jones, the then-Secretary for the New Territories on reclaimed land and is the larger of the two tracks in Hong Kong.

     

    Near the Winning Post, there is a Diamond Vision display measuring 70.4m long by 8m high equates to 4,500 21″ TVs piled up, and it is as wide as Boeing 747 jet is long. It has very high resolution, produces clearer images and can be divided into six sections.

     

    Originally built with capacity for 35,000 and one grandstand, it now has capacity for 85,000 and two grandstands. It also has 20 stables for a capacity of 1,260 horses facilitating racings for 10 months yearly.

     

    Sha Tin Racecourse is considered a world-class horseracing facility, it is also the Asia’s top. Nowadays, a number of international races are held annually there, that attracts leading jockeys from all over the world for competing.

     

     

    Acknowledging General Penfold‘s contribution to the professionalization of Hong kong racing, Penfold Park is named and encircled by the track.

     

     

     

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