HK races off because of political unrest

HKracesoffbecauseofpoliticalunrest

September18,20194:06pm。

byAAP

Pro-democracyprotestshaveforcedtheHongKongJockeyClubtocancelracingatHappyValley。

PoliticalunrestinHongKonghasforcedofficialstoabandonaracemeetingatHappyValleyamidconcernsaboutpublicsafety。

TheHongKongJockeyClubhasabandonedWednedsaynightsmeetingbecauseoftheimminentthreattothesafetyofracegoers,jockeysandemployees,andtothewelfareofracehorses。

Inorganisingracemeetings,theclubalwaysputssafetyasatoppriority,aclubspokespersonsaid。

Itisourresponsibilitytoensurethatracehorses,racegoers,jockeysandemployeesaresafeatalltimes。

TheclubhasbeenmonitoringthesituationinHongKongclosely。

Ithasconductedathoroughriskassessmentoftheracemeetingtonightandconcludedthatitshouldbecancelledinordertopreservethesecurityandsafetyofpeopleandhorses。

Ourconcernsaretiedtopotentialsocialunrestinthevicinitytonight,theveryrealthreatofadisturbanceorpossibleviolenceatHappyValleyRacecourse,anduncertaintyregardingtransportationinandaroundHappyValleyandCausewayBayforracegoers,jockeysandemployeesandhorsesenteringorleavingtheracecoursethroughouttheevening。


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