The Hong Kong Jockey Club will be flying out this year’s Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year winner and their partner to Hong Kong for a five-day feast of racing and hospitality of the highest order.

The trip will take off with business class flights and a visit to the historic Happy Valley racetrack for the Jockey Club’s famous Happy Wednesday night racing, before the guests settle in to the first of five nights in a luxurious five-star hotel.

Before the lucky winner and their partner go on to a day of full hospitality at Sha Tin on FWD Champions Day on Sunday 26th April, they will also be hosted at the FWD Champions Day Gala Party on Friday night.

The final field has been whittled down to just 24 and the winner will be announced at the Betting Shop Manager of the Year awards lunch at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 11th November.

George Irvine, Commingling Development Director at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: “Betting shops up and down the UK work tirelessly to offer a great service for their customers, so we’re delighted to be rewarding this year’s Betting Shop Manager of the Year winner with an exciting trip to Hong Kong.

“FWD Champions Day, with three Group 1 races on the card, will be a fantastic day’s racing, while Happy Valley is a bucket list trip for many racing fans. We’ll also be throwing in business class flights, five-star accommodation and a great night for the winner and their partner at the FWD Champions Day Gala Party. From everyone at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, we’d like to wish the best of luck to the final 24.”

Richard Ames, SIS CEO, said: “Betting on international horse racing continues to grow in the UK and this exciting prize will allow this year’s Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager to experience racing from two of the sport’s most iconic venues.

“We’ve been really impressed with the calibre of entries for this year’s competition. The very best of luck to all our finalists as they compete against each other to claim this luxury VIP trip.”

Alan Byrne, Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief at the Racing Post, said: “Those who have been lucky enough to enjoy racing at Happy Valley and Sha Tin will immediately recognise what a magnificent prize this is for our overall winner.

“Not only does the Racing Post cover racing at both tracks, we are also proud partners of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It is wonderful that the HKJC are supporting the competition by offering this once-in-a-lifetime trip for the winner of the 2019 Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year.”