Sha Tin Racecourse facts for kids
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|Location||Sha Tin District, Hong Kong|
|Owned by||Hong Kong Jockey Club|
|Date opened||7 October 1978|
|Notable races||Group One races:
Hong Kong Derby
Queen Elizabeth II Cup
Hong Kong International Races
Hong Kong Triple Crown
|Sha Tin Racecourse|
|Southeast Panorama over the Sha Tin horse race course|
Penfold Park is encircled by the track, and the Hong Kong Sports Institute is located immediately south of the property.
Michael Jackson planned to perform at the racecourse on his Dangerous World Tour, which was the start of the third leg, but was cancelled due to the conflict of the racing season.
The course has 474 races per season including:
- Hong Kong Cup
- Hong Kong Mile
- Hong Kong Sprint
- Hong Kong Vase
- Hong Kong Stewards' Cup
- Queen Elizabeth II Cup
- Sha Tin Racecourse Silver Jubilee Cup
- Sha Tin Sprint Trophy
On September 9, 2007, Sha Tin race track opened for the season with record 1-day crowd of about 60,000. Chief Secretary Henry Tang struck the ceremonial gong. The Hong Kong Jockey Club collected US$106 million in bets (highest since 2001). Children of horse owners were admitted amid protest of local anti-gambling groups. Sunny Power, booted by Howard Cheng got the trophy in the 1,200 metre dash.
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.
Other features include:
- Equine Hospital
- Racing Laboratory
- Equine Swimming Pool
- Riverside Gallop
- Straight: 430 metres (470 yd)
- Circumference: 1.899 kilometres (1.180 mi)
- All Weather Track(Dirt)
- Straight: 380 metres (420 yd)
- Circumference: 1.560 kilometres (0.969 mi)
Sha Tin Racecourse Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.