First joint-race to be held at Sha Tin in February

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 October, 2003, 12:00am

The first race in the co-operation plan between Hong Kong and Macau Jockey Clubs was announced yesterday.

It will be a $2.3 million Class One race over 1,600 metres at Sha Tin in February.

Senior racing officials from both clubs met yesterday to establish a framework for the joint-venture races, to be contested by horses from both racing jurisdictions. A rating band of about 110-85 will be set by the clubs to enable the highest-rated Macau horse to participate in the race, which will comprise eight runners from Hong Kong and six from Macau.

The second race will take place in Macau in April, though the precise date is yet to be confirmed. It will be a handicap for four-year-olds and upwards, probably over 1,500 metres on turf, with eight Macau horses and six invited from Hong Kong. Owners and trainers will be able to use any jockey to ride in each race subject to approval from the licensing committee of their respective clubs.