Keep on running (20 Aug 2009)

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This is a Hong Kong story about horses. Among animals, horses make the most significant contribution to Hong Kong society. Horseracing has created over 20,000 jobs for Hong Kong and brings the government betting tax revenue of close to 10 billion dollars a year. When Deng Xiaoping said horse racing would continue after Hong Kong ’ s return to China, the significance of horses to Hong Kong was doubly reinforced.Every year in Hong Kong over 300 horses retire from racing. If these horses are to survive retirement, they must learn to adapt and change.Upon retirement, Fairy King Prawn was ‘ employed ’ by Hong Kong Jockey Club as ambassador. El Prado Star, forced to retire at the age of five due to poor performance, became a lead horse, while eight-time champion Super Combed is now an athlete horse …Producer: Canace Lam

Hong Kong Stories
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
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