Political protesting continues to escalate in Hong Kong, forcing the Hong Kong Jockey Club to cancel a second race meeting at Happy Valley amid safety concerns.
The HKJC announced that “the meeting has been cancelled to ensure the safety of its employees and racegoers.” They had been closely monitoring the ongoing social unrest in Hong Kong, and it was concluded that employee and customer safety was a risk, in particular with regards patrons arriving and departing the racecourse using public transportation.
This is the second Happy Valley race meeting cancelled this season after the HKJC cancelled a meeting on September 18th amid fears protesters would target the track for political reasons.
The cancellation of Wednesday’s meeting is expected to cost the Hong Kong government over HK$130 million in lost revenue.
The feature Hong Kong International Races are scheduled for early December, and fears are mounting that further disruptions may occur.