The Jockey Club has been forced to cancel Wednesday night’s Happy Valley race meeting as Typhoon Kompasu skirts Hong Kong.
With the Hong Kong Observatory confirming the typhoon signal No 8 will remain in force until at least 4pm on Wednesday, officials had no choice but to scrap the eight-race card.
“The Hong Kong Jockey Club, having considered the hoisting of tropical cyclone warning signal No 8 and adverse weather conditions – under which there would be difficulties for horse movement and transportation of 8,000 employees required to report for duty at the race meeting – decides to cancel tonight’s race meeting (13 October) at the Happy Valley racecourse,” the Jockey Club said in a statement.
It’s the first time since September 2018 that a typhoon has claimed a meeting and Wednesday’s card is just the 10th lost to weather in Hong Kong since 1999, while the recent anti-government protests saw the cancellation of two fixtures early in the 2019-20 campaign.
“We need four hours before the start of a meeting to mobilise the workforce and we also had to consider the safe and timely transportation of horses, so the prudent decision was to cancel the meeting,” said Jockey Club executive director of racing Andrew Harding.