Galloping good start for Rooster

Local | Chuck Pang 12 Jan 2017

Lunar New Year pundits are in for a crowing feast with more than HK$100 million in prize money for horse racing and Mark Six up for grabs.

The Lunar New Year race day will kick off on January 30, the third day of the Year of the Rooster at Sha Tin Racecourse.

On offer are Triple Trio prize money of up to HK$18 million, Quartet and First 4 Merged Pool Jackpot of HK$2 million.

The Mark Six Lunar New Year Snowball Draw on February 1, the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, will reach up to HK$80 million.

Richard Cheung Che-kit, the club's executive director, customer and marketing, expects as many as 90,000 visitors on race day, depending on the weather, and bets totaling HK$1.6 billion.

Total bets on the first race day last year were HK$1.47 billion. "We expect to do better than last year," he said.

There will be 11 races, including the Class One Chinese New Year, Stewards' and the Centenary Sprint cups.

Lion dances will mark the opening along with performances by popular local veteran singers Frances Yip Lai-yee and Bennett Pang Kin-San and lucky tips sharing by feng shui master Mak Ling-ling.

Eight festive gourmet dishes will be available for racegoers, including chicken meat ball 4 ways - lotus seed, cordyceps flowers, red date and mushroom - and minced chicken with mushrooms parcel.

Overseas visitors can enjoy free admission and there will also be a free shuttle bus service between Wong Tai Sin MTR station and Sha Tin Racecourse.

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