The Hong Kong Jockey Club have had to cancel a day’s worth of races after they began to fear that protestors would cancel the activities. The HKJC announced on Wednesday that they would scrap the schedule at their Happy Valley tract after protestors announced that they could interfere with a race involving Hong Kong Bet which is a horse that is owned partly by Junius Ho Kwan-yiu who is a pro-China lawmaker. The Class Two Cheung Hong Handicap was meant to kick off Wednesday’s meeting but all races were stopped in order to preserve the security and safety of people and horses.
Ho raised eyebrows in July after congratulating the Chinese backed people who were attacking Hong Kong protestors during demonstrations. The HKJC could not appear to be siding with the protestors as it would have annoyed Beijing. Fears have now been raised that protestors could disrupt the Chinese meeting on October 1. Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam skipped the kickoff on September 1 which was the first time in eight years that she missed the official.
Australian Casino Operator Crown Resorts also caused distraction by claiming that it would offer exchange betting on HKJC races. HKJC hit back by issuing a ‘cease & desist’ letter, saying it was “cavalier” and “unconscionable” for Betfair to be taking action on HKJC races.
The HKJC was coming off a record 2018/19 season.