The Hong Kong Jockey Club lost more than $120 million in turnover when surface water and lightning forced it to abandon the final race at Happy Valley last night.
Riders were behind the barrier for the eighth event when they realised that pools of water several centimetres deep had formed on the track during a deluge after race seven. The cancelled race was the final leg of the Six-Up and Treble.
'It's the right decision - the pools of water on the track are dangerous to the horses and the jockeys,' said leading trainer Ivan Allan. Australian rider Dwayne Dunn had his eye on the lightning flashes, too. 'A couple of years ago in Australia, the jockeys were behind the barrier for a race in Perth and a rider was struck and killed by lightning,' he said.