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Sha Tin Racecourse is a horse racecourse in Hong Kong. It is located in Sha Tin in the New Territories. It is managed by Hong Kong Jockey Club and occupies nearly 70 hectares of flat land.
Sha Tin Racecourse is a world-class horse racing facility that hosts nearly 500 races per season. Sha Tin Racecourse in fact hosts some of the region's most famous racing events. Among these are:
- The Hong Kong Cup
- The Hong Kong Mile
- The Hong Kong Vase
- The Hong Kong Sprint
- Audemars Piguet QEII Cup
- Champions Mile
- Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby
Sha Tin Racecourse is home to the world's first retractable roof over a parade ring and the world's longest Diamond Vision TV screen. Because of its exceptional facilities, Sha Tin Racecourse has been chosen to host the equestrian events in the 2008 Olympics.
The Penfold Garden sits in the middle of the Sha Tin Racecourse and is open even on non-racing days.
Sha Tin Racecourse Description
There are two types of racing surfaces at Sha Tin Racecourse. A Turf Course which is one of the finest in the world and an All-Weather (dirt track) located in the centre of the turf course.
Sha Tin Racecourse has the capacity for 85,000 people. It has two grandstands. Sha Tin Racecourse also has 23 stables for a capacity of 1,260 horses.
Other features of Sha Tin Racecourse include:
- Equine Hospital
- Racing Laboratory
- Equine Swimming Pool
- Riverside Gallop
Sha Tin Racecourse History
In 1978, Sha Tin Racecourse was first built under the administration of Sir David Akers-Jones, the then-Secretary for the New Territories. It was built on reclaimed land and is the larger of the two tracks in Hong Kong. It was originally built with capacity for 35,000 people and had a solitary grandstand.
On September 9, 2007, Sha Tin Racecourse opened with record 1-day crowd of about 60,000. The Hong Kong Jockey Club collected US$106 million in bets (highest since 2001).
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