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Jockey Club-produced TV info-segments “Our Racecourses” on air from tonight

05/05/2014

A new series of Hong Kong Jockey Club-produced TV info-segments, taking the theme of “Our Racecourses”, will be screened on main local TV channels starting from today (5 May). 

By depicting the bonding between the city’s two racecourses and several local residents, this five-episode series will showcase the close connection between the racecourses and Hong Kong as well as their economic and social contributions to various areas in the city, ranging from job creation, the nurturing of talent and the provision of popular entertainment to community development and donations to charitable causes. The Club hopes the series will enhance the public’s understanding of the two racecourses, particularly their social functions.  

“Our Racecourses” is being screened on TVB Jade channel for five consecutive days at 11:10 pm, starting from today. Afterwards, the series will be rerun on TVB iNews and Cable TV. It is also being shown at all the Club’s Off-Course Betting Branches citywide starting from this week.

Below are summaries of each episode of “Our Racecourses”:

 

Airtime/date
on TVB Jade

 

Monday 5 May
11:10pm    

Hand-in-hand development of Sha Tin District and Sha Tin Racecourse
Keung Gor and his families have been running a noodle shop in Sha Tin for several decades, witnessing the hand-in-hand development of the district and Sha Tin Racecourse over the last 30-plus years. He recounts that the development of Sha Tin into a satellite town, coupled with the construction of Sha Tin Racecourse, have turned the district from a desolated area to a lively town accommodating more residents and visitors, benefiting the restaurants there most. Since then, the transportation network in the district has become more and more sophisticated, which has in turn further fuelled its rapid development.

Tuesday 6 May
11:10pm

Huge job opportunities generated from racecourses
On every raceday, Club chef Chan Sze Ling is extremely busy preparing various kinds of food for tens of thousands of racegoers. As hardworking as Sze Ling are thousands of other Club employees in different positions at the racecourses. Sze Ling witnesses how Club staff from different departments co-operate to add colour to each and every raceday.

Wednesday 7 May
11:10pm    

Nurturing of racing talent at racecourses
Former athlete Amy Chan has been determined to nurture world-class jockeys since she became Headmistress of the Club’s Apprentice Jockeys’ School.  She has been making good use of the facilities at the racecourses and clubhouses to nurture future racing stars. Chan notes that the racecourses are not only places for jockeys to pursue their dreams, but also significant generators of charitable donations and tax payments.

Thursday 8 May
11:10pm    

Racecourses as community event venues
Wong Kwok Ping from the Club’s Property Department works hard even on non-racedays, when he performs maintenance checks for all kinds of facilities at the racecourses, including the retractable roof at the Sha Tin Parade Ring, to ensure their normal operation. This is in preparation for many different kinds of community events held by NGOs there on non-racedays.

Friday 9 May
11:10pm    

Racecourses as entertainment venues
Like many other young people, travel blogger Emily Chan enjoys spending her leisure time at the racecourses.  She feels that many of the newly-opened restaurants there are appealing not only to racegoers but also to non-racing fans, who find them great places for relaxation.  The racecourses are popular among both Hong Kong people and overseas tourists, she adds.

 

The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is not only one of the world’s leading horse racing organisations, but also Hong Kong’s largest community contributor, donating HK$1.95 billion in 2012/13. In addition, the Club is a major taxpayer, Hong Kong’s single largest by far, generating over HK$17.64 billion in 2012/13 for public funds. The Club pioneers technology applications for sporting and betting entertainment, striving for the highest levels of customer service. As a membership club, it is recognised as one of Asia’s most prestigious. These multifaceted roles make it a well-respected and remarkable organisation, dedicated to its mission of enhancing the quality of life for all Hong Kong people.


Picture 1:
Sha Tin resident Cheung Man Keung has witnessed the hand-in-hand development of Sha Tin District and Sha Tin Racecourse.


Picture 2:
Racecourse chef Chan Sze Ling says thousands of Club employees in different positions at the racecourses co-operate to add colour to each and every raceday.


Picture 3:
Amy Chan, Headmistress of the Club’s Apprentice Jockeys’ School, has been making good use of the facilities at the racecourses and clubhouses to nurture world-class jockeys.


Picture 4:
Wong Kwok Ping from the Club’s Property Department is busy checking the racecourse facilities even on non-racedays, in preparation for different kinds of community events held by NGOs there.


Picture 5:
Young travel blogger Emily Chan (middle) and her peers enjoy spending their leisure time at the racecourses.