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Almost 100k race goers celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Almost 100k race goers celebrate Chinese New Year at Sha Tin RacecourseA holiday crowd of 98,149 ensured a vibrant festival atmosphere as racegoers celebrated the Year of the Horse at Hong Kong’s traditional Chinese New Year raceday today, Sunday 2, February.

Race fans enjoyed ideal weather conditions and exciting sport, with local hero Akeed Mofeed topping the bill thanks to a brilliant win in the day’s Pattern race event, the HKG3 Centenary Vase (Handicap). Turnover for the day was HK$1.512 billion.

“We have enjoyed a tremendous festival atmosphere today for what has been an excellent start to the Year of the Horse,” said Hong Kong Jockey Club CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges.

“With the great weather, a large array of special activities on course, and some very exciting and competitive racing, a total of 98,149 people chose to celebrate at both racecourses. We set ourselves a target of 90,000 people at Sha Tin and we achieved that, and it is encouraging that our internal figures show far fewer people left before racing had started than last year.

“Turnover is similar to last year but on our biggest days like this turnover is not the most important thing; it’s about people enjoying the sport and the activities we have here at the racecourse.”

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