Longines HK International Races

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Let’s face it – almost every race at Sha Tin or Happy Valley Racecourses throughout the year is pretty epic. But there’s an annual series of events which really draws the imagination. The Longines HK International Races – or Turf World Championships – pull in the crowds and capture the imagination over the course of an afternoon. This year’s Longines are on Sunday December 8 at Sha Tin Racecourse.

The first cup event under this international banner was held on January 24, 1988, as the Hong Kong Invitation Cup. Now, the annual sporting gala not only stands for Hong Kong’s biggest race days, but it’s also up there as one of the most important global race fixtures of the year. The massive gala gathers thousands of racing fans from across the world who watch on as leading horses, jockeys, trainers and owners from far and wide dash for a total prize of $72million. The four races at Sha Tin include the 2,000m Cup ($22m) and the 1,600m Mile ($20m). The longest race, the Vase, runs in at 2,400m ($15m) and the shortest, the Sprint, stretches for 1,200m ($15m).

Legends at Sha Tin Racecourse is offering up an international buffet within the Public Enclosure for those new to the racing scene or simply those wishing to tuck into some fare while cheering on the runners. The $790 package includes food, unlimited house wines, beers, juice and soft drinks, as well as a betting guide, admission to the Members Enclosure and easy access to betting facilities and more.

And don’t miss the popular Longines International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday December 4, with more races and fun to be had. We’re off to the races! For more details see hkjc.com.

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