In racing terms, Hong Kong punches well above its weight. With approximately 800 races per year, or around 0.6% of the global total, Hong Kong hosts 12 international Group 1 races. All 11 of those eligible featured in the World's Top 100 Group 1 Races for 2016, with nine in the top 50 - a number matched by Australia and surpassed only by the UK, both of which have far more races and many more racehorses than Hong Kong.
The most prestigious of Hong Kong’s international Group 1s are the Hong Kong Cup, Mile, Sprint and Vase, which are all held on a single day each December - the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races (HKIR). Widely recognised as the Turf World Championships, the HKIR attracts horses from across the globe to compete for some of the most attractive prize money in racing. They are the culmination of a week-long festival of racing, which includes in the LONGINES International Jockeys Championship, now one of the top jockeys’ contests in the world.
The quality of Hong Kong racing is such that it has a growing international fan base. All 88 of its race meetings are now broadcast live to the United States, Canada, Australia, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. Commingling also allows overseas fans to place bets on Hong Kong races with overseas partners. Currently the Club has 34 commingling partners worldwide.