The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has cancelled tonight’s entire race meeting at the Happy Valley racecourse after the inclusion of a racehorse owned by a hardline, pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker prompted fears of protests at the facility.
The September 18 meeting was cancelled “in view of the imminent threat to the safety of racegoers, jockeys and employees, and to the welfare of racehorses”, the HKJC said in a statement mere hours before the meeting was due to begin.
“The club has been monitoring the situation in Hong Kong closely. It has conducted a thorough risk assessment of the race meeting tonight and concluded that it should be cancelled in order to preserve the security and safety of people and horses.
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