Its Wednesday evening, and each Wednesday (with the exception of July and August) it’s known as ‘Happy Wednesday’ at Happy Valley. So we decided to go along and see for ourselves. We took a tram to Happy Valley Racecourse, arriving just on the opening time of 6.00 pm. Ground tickets cost HK$10 each and then a further HK $20 each for seats in the Grandstand.
As we had arrived early, we were allocated seats on the 2nd row. These took the form of a ‘two person’s desk’ which afforded panoramic views of the racecourse and the skyscrapers beyond. Our tickets included a large race programme, containing detailed information on all the participating horses and jockeys.
We decided it would be fun to place a small bet on each of the 8 races and a member of staff helped us to complete the betting slips. Before the races started at 7.00 pm we had a walk around the stadium and bought food and drinks to take back to our seats. As darkness fell, at about 7.00 pm and the racecourse filled up with spectators, the view was spectacular and the atmosphere intensified.
It was our first time at a race meeting and we found it to be very exciting. A race took place every 30 minutes, and in between there was live music. Our selected horse actually won race 3 (beginners luck) so we were able to collect our small winnings from the cash office. The meeting ended at 11.00 pm. On leaving the racecourse there were several trams waiting to take spectators home / back to their hotels.
We had looked forward to our evening at Happy Valley and it didn’t disappoint. We would definitely visit again, on future visits to Hong Kong.
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