Happy Valley Racecourse Tours – Hong Kong, China
Happy Valley Racecourse
About this place
Apart from the Mark Six Lottery and the newly introduced football betting, horse racing is the only form of legalized gambling in Hong Kong. The hobby has become so popular that Hong Kong now claims the highest per capita spending on horse races in the world. The city’s annual turnover exceeds US$1 billion.
Happy Valley Racecourse is one of the world’s few truly urban racetracks. Opened soon after the arrival of the British, it has been the home of Hong Kong horseracing ever since (another track for the punters is the more modern and larger Sha Tin Racecourse in the New Territories, opened in 1978). The first race was held in December 1846, and the track quickly became a focal point for surrounding urban development.
Nothing sets Hong Kong abuzz with excitement quite like the thrill of horseracing. The racing season runs from September until early July. Races alternate between the two tracks but are generally held at Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday nights or weekends. As the Happy Valley track is surrounded by towering apartment blocks, some residents even enjoy the races from their own balconies.
Official Website - Happy Valley Racecourse
Place Your Bets
If you want to share the excitement with the feverish gamblers, admission to the public stands are only HK$10. The giant screen facing the stands displays both the past race’s result and odds for the upcoming race. The screen also shows live race footage as well as replays so you never lose track of the action. If you prefer to watch from air-conditioned members-only stands, tickets cost HK$50. To purchase a ticket for the members-only stands you will need to bring your passport to any of the city’s off-track betting locations.
How to bet:
- Guess your winning horse.
- A place: Bet your horse comes 1st or 2nd, or 1st, 2nd or 3rd for a seven-or-more-horses race.
- A quinella: Pick 1st and 2nd in any order.
- A quinella place: Predict any two of the first three horses in any order.
Tip: For a fantastic track-side view while you eat, head to the Moon Koon Restaurant on the 2nd floor of the main stand. Reasonably priced, quality fare is served here. Racing and dining packages are available and advance booking is required on race nights (Tel: (852) 2966-7111).
Estimated duration of a trip to the race course:
3 hours including dinner.
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