2020 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Raceday is, as usual, one of the most popular horse racing events of the year as well as one of the most important Chinese New Year celebrations. On the 27th of January 2020, you can join this local tradition and kick-off the New Year with some betting and hoping for property and wealth at the world-famous horse-racing event. Do come and participate the unique event of horse racing with locals at the beginning of Year of the Rat.

If you would like to enjoy other 2020 Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations, such as Lunar New Year Fair, Night Parade, etc., check out the review below.

2020 Chinese New Year Raceday in Sha Tin Racecourse

2020 Chinese New Year Raceday in Sha Tin Racecourse

Sha Tin Racecourse is crowded in Hong Kong Chinese New Year Raceday 2020

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Raceday in Sha Tin Racecourse is full of crowds

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The annual CNY Raceday is always on the third day of Chinese Lunar calendar. Thus, the 2020 Chinese New Year Raceday is on the 27th of January 2020.

Horse racing on Chinese New Year Raceday 2020

Chinese New Year Horse Racing in Sha Tin Racecourse

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The Chinese New Year Raceday will be at the Sha Tin Racecourse (New Territories). Sha Tin Racecourse is usually for day race while Happy Valley Racecourse is for night race.

The 2020 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Raceday will feature a full program of traditional and colorful festivities, including grand opening show, lion dance performances, Feng Shui master’s fortune tips, cultural and entertainment performances and of course horse races.

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There will be three top races, including “Chinese New Year Cup” (1400M), “Hong Kong Classic Mile” (1600M) and “Centenary Vase” (1800M), on the 2020 CNY Raceday. You will have chances to meet some superstar horses and top-class jockeys.

Amongst the three races, Chinese New Year Cup is the most popular one.

Crowded Sha Tin Racecourse in Chinese New Year Raceday 2020

Crowded Sha Tin Racecourse on Chinese New Year Horse Racing

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As always, for important horse race event, there will always be free gift for visitors. For the last year, visitors could get a “Fortune Pen” (while stocks last) and an instant win card. 800 prizes with over HK$290,000 were be given out. The top prize is a 24k gold foil ornament of horse racing.

Souvenir and prize for Chinese New Year Raceday 2020

Fortune Pen and Gold Ornament
(Photo Source: Hong Kong Jockey Club)

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  • “The Sha Tin Racecourse opens its gate around noon and last until 6:00pm. The first actual horse race starts around 12:30pm at the Chinese New Year Raceday. If you would like to get a free entrance gift, be sure to be there before the 5th race.”

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Every year, Jockey Club will invite the popular starts to celebrate with everyone. Last year, the local actress Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) and singer Hana Kuk (菊梓喬) joined and brought their hit songs to share the joy of Chinese New Year.

There will also be the lion dances in the Parade Ring.

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Each CNY, Jockey Club will introduce special prize for all the visitors. Last year the prize was an iPad Pro (11-inch, 256GB).

Lovely horse mascot shows up on Chinese New Year Raceday

Lovely horse mascot shows up on Chinese New Year Raceday

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Visit the decorated Windmills and Blossom Lane and get some good luck ahead of race. The famous local Feng Shui Master Clement Chan will also give some advices during the special Fortune Tips session.

Chinese New Year decorations on Chinese New Year Raceday 2020

Chinese New Year decorations in Sha Tin Racecourse

Traditional lion decoration on Chinese New Year Raceday 2020

Traditional lion decoration on Chinese New Year Raceday

Lucky Peach Blossom in Chinese New Year Raceday 2020

Lucky Peach Blossom

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Don’t want to go home empty handed? Jockey Club also prepare many special merchandise for Chinese New Year Raceday.

Merchandise for 2020 Chinese New Year Raceday

Merchandise for 2020 Chinese New Year Raceday
(Photo source: Hong Kong Jockey Club)

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Horse Racing and Sha Tin Racecourse

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The Chinese New Year Raceday being considered as one of the most important horse-racing events is definitely not only because the free gifts and pop singers. On this day, there will be a traditional race “Chinese New Year Cup” with the superstar horses.

The Chinese New Year Cup is a race established for the Chinese New Year since 1998. It is contested by Class 1 runners on the 1400m race. In the past, there were many top-class jockeys such as C Schofield (with Dundonnell), S Clipperton (with Invincible Dragon), J Moreira (with What Else but you and Thewizardofoz) wining this race.

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– Entrance fee at the Sha Tin Racecourse venue is HK$ 10.

– Foreign visitors showing their valid travel documents can enjoy free admission.

– Foreign visitors can experience a one-of-kind horse-racing experience within the Members’ Enclosure of the Hong Kong Jockey Club by purchasing the special Tourist Badge Option for HK$ 130 (The tourist promotion applies only to tourist).

(Note: In case you would like to enjoy this exclusive Hong Kong Jockey Club Members experience, make sure to take your valid passport with you)

– Each visitor will receive a special Chinese New Year (CNY) gift (lucky ball pen) when entering the racecourse (while supply last).

You can check out Hong Kong Jockey Club website for more details.

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