Jockey Club tempts revellers with lucky Lunar New Year bonanza

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 4:23am

Celebrities, jockeys and equestrian sport fans descended on the Happy Valley racecourse for the Jockey Club's announcement about plans for a lucky Lunar New Year. The festive season is considered auspicious and Hongkongers have long celebrated it with a visit to the track.

In order to ensure festive revellers continue to attend the races, and have the best luck possible, the Jockey Club is pulling out all the stops for the Sha Tin race day - from a propitious menu featuring dishes with especially lucky names, to appearances from celebrities such as television stars Liza Wang Ming-chuen and Wayne Lai Yiu-cheung, to a multimillion-dollar jackpot.

Celebrity chef So Sze-wong will also be mingling in the crowd on the big night, which is set for the third day of the holiday, February 12.

On Monday, he walked hungry spectators through the menu. Fung shui master Mak Ling-ling was there to share some tips for race day: the lucky numbers are three, six and eight; the lucky colours are yellow and gold; the luckiest time to gamble is 11am to 3pm.