Douglas Whyte riding Glorious Days wins Race 7, The Longines Hong Kong Mile during Hong Kong International Racing at Sha Tin (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
Horse racing has been a fixture in Hong Kong since as far back as 1841 and it's world renowned Sha Tin track in the New Territories will undoubtedly continue to pack in the punters throughout 2014 with a host of top class meetings.
Hong Kong's racing season got underway in September of 2013 and continues until July of 2014.
Tommy Berry rides Let Me Go to win the 1800m Tokyo Handicap during Hong Kong International Racing at Sha Tin (Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images)
Sha Tin racecourse opened its gates to the racing public in 1978 and has become home to a number of highly rated Group 1 races throughout the year, such as the Hong Kong Cup.
Douglas Whyte riding Glorious Days (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
It is in fact Hong Kong's second race track behind Happy Valley but is the larger of the two. Both are operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. With two grandstands, the venue can hold up to 85,000 racing fans and regularly attracts crowds in the region of 45,000 punters.
Yasunara Iwata rides Lord Kanaloa to win the Group 1 1200m Longines Hong Kong Sprint (Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images)
The racecourse hosts 14 Group One races each season with the most prestigious race day on Sha Tin's calendar being the Hong Kong International Race day in December.
Races at the course are run over distances ranging from 1,000 metres to a maximum distance of 2,400 metres.
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