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Sha Tin Racecourse originally opened in The New Territories in Hong Kong in 1978. It was built to add to the success of Happy Valley and to increase betting turnover five years after the government instructed the Hong Kong Jockey Club to open off-course betting outlets to combat the huge rise in illegal gambling. The track has a crown capacity of over 80,000 and is almost always full on race nights, which usually occur on a Sunday. Upgraded in 1995 to its current modern form with the only retracting roof parade ring added in 2005, it holds international races of the highest calibre every December, with four Group One international contests. Races at Sha Tin are attracting bigger and better entries from the likes of Japan, America, France, Ireland, the UK, Australia, Singapore, and, of course, Hong Kong.

Sha Tin Betting Tips

The racecourse at Sha Tin is a clockwise oval measuring 9.44 furlongs with a 470 yard home straight on the turf. The All Weather track is 7.75 furlongs in length with a 420 yard home straight. Both courses look suited to front runners who can position themselves early. But their racing style means that the better horses can happily sit out the back before coming with a very late run. It is also the case that the lead often changes hands numerous times inside the final 100 yards.

Sha Tin Draw Bias

It is often difficult to comment on the draw at Sha Tin due to the various running rails effectively changing the track bias. A low draw is seen as advantageous for those who like to sit handy early on. This is because it gives them a good chance to grab the rail as soon as possible. They do also hold a narrow edge on both win and place statistics. However, the locals and bookmakers are fully aware of the facts and consistently build this in to the prices. It is also something we consider when selecting our Sha Tin betting tips.

Sha Tin Betting Trends

When it come to jockeys, the amiable Joao Moreira is the punters’ darling and rides this track better than anyone. In fact, he had ridden almost twice as many winners as his nearest rival, Zac Purton, for the jockeys championship. However, he is backed accordingly whatever he rides and his followers are already showing a level stakes loss of over £72 to £1 level stakes in the 2016 season. Only three jockeys are currently showing a £1 level stakes profit: Sam Clipperton (+£131.50), Nash Rawiller (+£121.60) and Hugh Bowman (+£49.20). As for the trainers, John Moore heads the list with 57 winners and a level stakes profit of +£42. However, W Y So heads the profit figures with a +£106.70 profit.

Sha Tin Feature Races


  • Audemars Piquet QEII Cup
  • Champions Mile
  • Chairman’s Sprint Prize
  • Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup
  • Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup
  • Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup


  • Longines Hong Kong Cup
  • Longines Hong Kong Mile
  • Longines Hong Kong Sprint
  • Longines Hong Kong Vase

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