Horse Racing is serious business in Hong Kong, so what better way to welcome the New Year than at this fantastic event.
The Hong Kong New Year's Day Race Meeting is one of eight "Magnificent Race Days" being waged in the Sha Tin Race Course during the racing calendar.
More than just a day at the races, on New Year's Day there are fantastic jackpots up for grabs, giveaways to all visitors, mini-games and gifts, and of course celebrity appearances and entertainment.
This New Year's Day Race is full of excitement with the Chinese Club Challenge Cup a HK G3 race, being the highlight of the event.
The Chinese Club Challenge Cup is a Thoroughbred handicap horse race run at a distance of 1400 metres.
Horses rated 95 and above are qualified to enter this race.
Getting to the Sha Tin Racecourse
The Sha Tin Race Course is located in the New Territories, the easiest way to get there is with the MTR East Rail line, the racecourse has its own dedicated station.
It will take you approximately 40-45 minutes from Central and 25-30 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui and you can pay with the handy Octopus Card.
- From Central or Tsim Sha Tsui, take the Red Tsuen Wan Line (Red) to Mong Kok
- At Mong Kok change to the Kwun Tong Line (Green) to Kowloon Tong
- At Kowloon Tong change to the East Rail Line (Light Blue)
- Take the East Rail Line to Racecourse Station. Racecourse Station is only operational on race days.
2019 Hong Kong New Year Race Meeting
When?: January 1st, 2019 - 12:00 - 6:00 pm (Gates open at 11:00 am)
Where?: Sha Tin Race Course MTR: Sha Tin
How Much?: General Admission at Public Enclosure HK10 or Members' Enclosure with Tourist Badge HK190 (must bring passport)
More Info: Hong Kong Jockey Club
Hong Kong New Year Race Meeting with the "Come Horseracing Tour"
This is a very popular option, and is offered exclusively to tourists. Everything is taken care of, including the transport to/from
the race track and several designated hotels in town and a Chinese/Western buffet dinner and drinks.
You get to watch the races from the Members' Boxes, and you have access to the betting halls.
They will also bring you around in between races for a close look at the paddock and a tour of the winning post.
This is a very fun option where you join other fellow visitors and everyone learns together in a very lively atmosphere how the betting process works,
to place a few bets (you get a HK 30 voucher to get you stated!) and whether you win or lose is a super fun and enjoyable day out.
Dress for the Members' areas is smart casual. Although this isn't Ascot, please note that there is no denim, shorts, sneakers or flip-flops allowed.
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