Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong

Luxury Horse Racing Around the World

Posted on 06. Jun, 2013 by in Attractions

Dramatic, glamorous and thrilling, horse racing is known as ‘the sport of kings’ for good reason. All year round, in every continent across the globe, high profile racing events attract thousands of fans to venues brimming with history, culture and character. Whilst we are fairly familiar with those races closer to home, some of those overseas are less well known, but none the less exciting. A day at the races represents more than just the thrill of the chase – join us for a tour of some of the world’s most exciting courses…

The Champ de Mars, Mauritius

The Champs de Mars is owned by the Mauritius Turf Club, the second oldest horse-racing club in the world and the oldest in the southern hemisphere. A British Colonel introduced horse racing to the tropical island in 1812 – building the Champs de Mars course to provide the island’s French, English and native populations with a place to spend their leisure time. The course has become part of Mauritius’ history and, since 1968, has hosted the island’s colourful independence celebrations. Racing is immensely popular on Mauritius – the historic venue regularly attracts crowds of over 30,000, including local and visiting race fans. Champs de Mars, Mauritius

Meydan Race Course, Dubai

Meydan race course in Dubai is part of a sprawling $1 billion complex, including a golf course, marina and 5 star hotel. ‘Meydan’ means ‘meeting place’ in Arabic and, accommodating over 60,000 spectators, more than lives up to its name. The course is ultra modern and incorporates spectacular architectural flourishes – including a gigantic, mile-long Grandstand and futuristic light effects during night races. Meydan is the annual venue for the Dubai World Cup – otherwise known as ‘the richest race on earth’. The event offers a prize fund of over $26 million and a first prize of $6 million, the largest single prize in racing.

Happy Valley Race Course, Hong Kong

The Happy Valley course was built in 1845 on swamp land – the only flat space available on Hong Kong island for racing. The race course was originally intended to provide transplanted Brits with a taste of home – but over the years attracted thousands of Chinese fans. After a serious fire in 1918, Happy Valley was rebuilt – in fact, the course’s name is a reference to numerous cemeteries nearby – in Chinese tradition, the afterlife promises ‘happiness’. Today, Happy Valley is one of the most advanced courses in the world – with a 55,000 capacity grandstand, computerized betting systems and races broadcast live over huge LCD screens.Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong

Churchill Downs, United States

Home to the greatest race in the United States, the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs is historic, stately and immensely popular with race fans. Churchill Downs’ twin spires are instantly recognizable, rising above a grandstand which overlooks 147 acres of pristine track. Action-packed and fiercely contested, the Kentucky Derby regularly attracts up to 150,000 people to the ground. The race itself is fondly known as ‘The Run for the Roses’: its traditional prize being a garland of 554 red roses, placed over the winning horse and jockey to symbolize the struggle and heart behind their victory.

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