Race Track

Let's get it straight: track bias at Sha Tin is worse

Amber Sky sizzled up the straight. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The problem with straight racing at Sha Tin has surely now become unconscionable for the Jockey Club.

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 10:39pm

Recreating Valley atmosphere at Sha Tin is a long shot

The runaway success of Happy Wednesdays at the Valley has even got some racegoers asking what the Jockey Club is doing wrong at Sha Tin and wondering aloud if there's an avenue to attempt some night meetings at the larger track.

14 Nov 2012 - 1:12am

Information is key to tackling track bias at Valley

Information is key to determine if the Happy Valley track is biased in day meetings.

Whether the view of Sunday's Happy Valley meeting from the jockeys' room was correct or not is open to some question, but there is no doubt many players believe the track plays differently for a day meeting than the more frequent night fixtures.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:32am

Transforming the CBD is clockwork operation

There's four weeks until the the grand prix circus comes to town and work on the track - i.e. the main roads of the Marina Bay area of the city - is underway and becoming more visible every day.

The lightweight aluminium trusses and pylons continue to sprout like mushrooms and will soon line the entire circuit, over 5km, and will be hung with around 1,500 light projectors.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Pole position

Fans of model racing cars put off by a ride to private, fee-charging tracks in the New Territories will find a newly opened circuit in Kowloon just the place to go. Not only is it free, it is equipped with all the facilities for serious racers.

6 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Tracks are great, but bias rears its head

Full, and long overdue, credit to the Jockey Club staff in charge of the tracks - punters here rarely have to deal with that scourge of racetracks in many parts of the world, track bias.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

A complex weave designed to please

Integrating cutting edge technology with history and nature - that's the secret to the new circuit. Emanating from the main complex, which incorporates the grandstand, pit building, race control and administration towers, restaurant and media centre, the circuit has all the amenities the discerning spectator could possibly want.

24 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Punters' paradise

When the starter's gun sounded at Sha Tin racecourse on October 7, 1978, the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club made history - again.

9 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Unparalleled excitement of Valley spectacle comes at a cost

The amphitheatre of Happy Valley racecourse provides an excitement and ambience like no other in the racing world, with fields of twelve runners racing in tightly packed bunches and fighting out close finishes.

9 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Congestion problems do not justify closure

I was quite shocked by the letter from Nick Pearson headlined 'Close racecourse' (South China Morning Post, March 6).

Mr Pearson suggested that closing the Happy Valley track and handing it over to property developers was a solution to congestion caused by traffic diversions on racing days.

13 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Spectators love unique Happy Valley

I refer to the letter from Nick Pearson headlined 'Close racecourse' (South China Morning Post, March 6).

Happy Valley is one of the better known racecourses in the world and its unique amphitheatre venue is recognised as probably the best place in the world to go racing.

11 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Sandmesh nightmare leaves public in dark

Just three meetings have been completed at Happy Valley and already the key to finding winners there is the track bias in operation as much as the form in the book.

7 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Premises close

THE Hongkong Football Club closed its doors for the last time at its present site yesterday - its home for 107 years. The club is moving to make way for a multi-million dollar redevelopment of Happy Valley racecourse. Its temporary facilities at the racecourse, open today at 6 pm.

24 May 1993 - 12:00am

Street circuit given the all-clear

TRACK officials completed their final inspection of the street circuit last night as scores of workmen moved in to unravel eight kilometres of chain mesh fencing to enclose the course.

The 1.5-metre tall chain mesh sits atop thousands of concrete blocks aimed at keeping the 127 cars and 22 motorcycles in, and an estimated 100,000 spectators out.

6 Mar 1993 - 12:00am