Following the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) reported its highest ever turnover figure.
HK$136 billion (£12.7 billion) has been wagered across the campaign’s 88 race meetings. This marked the first time that turnover has surpassed HK$130 billion.
Throughout the season, Sha Tin and Happy Valley hosted a record 835 races. Joao Moreira, named “ “the Magic Man” by his adoring fans, was crowned champion jockey with 157 victories, 32 more than nearest rival and last season’s winner Zac Purton, while Caspar Fownes won the trainers’ title after a close battle with 11-time champion John Size.
“We are glad to complete another full season with a clear focus on ensuring racing continues while upholding the principle of protecting the public health and safety of our employees, stakeholders, and the public,” said Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer of the HKJC. Because of the remarkable season turnover, we have been able to contribute more to the betterment of our society.
“In these trying times, the collective discipline of all participants – trainers, jockeys, owners, employees, and customers – has been especially heartening. Nothing about this wonderful display of Hong Kong’s enterprising spirit and “can-do” attitude is surprising in that sense.