About Hong Kong Jockey Club

Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) is a horse racing club, lottery provider and sports betting operator that has been in existence for over a century. It is a non-profit organisation that returns over 80% of its revenue back to society in the form of government duties and charitable donations, and it is Hong Kong’s largest single taxpayer, contributing around 6.5% of the territory’s federal taxes.

In addition to its world-class horse racing and equestrian facilities, HKJC offers regulated football betting and has operated the Mark Six lottery for over 40 years.

HKJC Facilities

Although it has branched out into lotteries and sports betting, horse racing remains Hong Kong Jockey Club’s main area of expertise, and it manages major racecourses at Happy Valley and Sha Tin, which can hold 140,000 spectators between them. The Club has also built world-class sporting facilities in recent years, including the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI), which provides training and academic qualifications for athletes and sports professionals, and the Conghua Training Centre (CTC), a state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate the training and upkeep of up to 650 horses at a time.

Hong Kong Jockey Club offers live betting at its racecourses and in over 100 off-course betting branches located throughout Hong Kong. The Club has also operated the Mark Six lottery since 1975, which bettors can play at racecourses or at any of the off-course branches. Lottery players can also enter online or via telephone. See the Branch Locator page for a full list of Hong Kong Jockey Club locations.

The Charities Trust

Hong Kong Jockey Club stands today as one of the world’s biggest charity donors. It has contributed an average of HK$2.8 billion to charitable causes every year for the last ten years, in a range of sectors such as culture and heritage, elderly services, and sports and recreation. In the 2016/17 financial year, a record HK$7.6 billion was donated, including HK$3.5 billion for the construction of the Hong Kong Palace Museum.

Donations are administered by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, which was founded in 1993, superseding the Hong Kong Jockey Club (Charities) Ltd, the entity originally responsible for managing charitable donations. The Club operates on a not-for-profit basis and allocates 94% of its operating surplus after tax to the Charities Trust.

In recent years the Trust has supported the opening of the Centre for Clinical Innovation and Discovery (CCID) and the Institute of Cancer Care (ICC), Hong Kong’s first cancer-specific research and service centres. It has also supported over 500 students from Hong Kong and the mainland through its Scholarship programme and has spent billions of dollars on engaging with local communities through various sporting and recreational initiatives, such as the JC Youth Football Development Programme, which aims to help develop the physical, mental and social capabilities of young people through football.

Ping Wo Fund

HKJC is Hong Kong’s only authorised horse racing and football betting provider and works closely with the government to alleviate illegal and problem gambling in the region. As an extension to its Responsible Gambling Policy, which stipulates that the Club will not provide credit betting and will strive to prevent underage gambling, HKJC helped the government to set up the Ping Wo Fund in 2003.

Using donations from Hong Kong Jockey Club and with the guidance of the government, the Ping Wo Fund conducts research into the issues associated with problem gambling, finances public education relating to gambling, and funds counselling and support services for problem gamblers and those affected by them. Hong Kong Jockey Club has pledged to commit HK$360 million to the Ping Wo Fund by 2018/19.

A History of HKJC

Hong Kong Jockey Club is one of the oldest institutions in Hong Kong and recently celebrated its 130th anniversary. The Club has evolved considerably in that time and at one point was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth II, subsequently operating under the name ‘The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club’. Find out more about the storied history of the Club below.