Previously Raced Horses (PP) Import Criteria

A PP is a previously raced horse which has qualified to come to Hong Kong from one of the countries listed in paragraph A below.

A. Import Countries

1. Horses may be imported from the following countries:

Argentina

Great Britain

Peru *

Australia India * Singapore *
Brazil * Ireland South Africa *
Canada Italy United Arab Emirates
Chile * Japan United States of America
France Malaysia *  
Germany New Zealand  

2. If an applicant is considering obtaining a PP from one of the countries marked (*), please consult the Club first regarding importation procedures.

 

B. Age and Starts Conditions (Apply to all types of permit)

1. Horses must be imported into Hong Kong before they turn five years old.

2. Restrictions on the maximum number of starts for different age groups:

Age
(at time of arrival)
2-year-olds 3-year-olds 4-year-olds
Maximum 
No. of Starts
10 As a 2yo
10
As a 3 yo
15
As a 2 yo
10
As a 3 yo
15
As a 4yo
15
Maximum
Career Starts
10 17 17

C. Performance Qualifications

1. Normal Permit / Normal Replacement Permit

A Normal Permit refers to a PP Permit issued in the annual Horse Import Permits Ballot.

A Normal Replacement Permit may be issued for importing a PP to replace (i) a PP which has been retired within 12 months of arrival in Hong Kong and did not have more than five starts in Hong Kong, (ii) a PP which has been retired within 18 months of arrival in Hong Kong and did not have more than one start in Hong Kong, or (iii) a PPG which fulfills certain conditions.

Horses must have a confirmed Hong Kong rating of 70 or higher at the time of import.

Hong Kong Ratings are provided by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicappers upon request of Permit Holders and/or Trainers. Ratings supplied and/or published by foreign racing jurisdictions do not determine eligibility.

Permit Holders and/or Trainers must obtain prior written confirmation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicappers that a horse is eligible for import in accordance with the Import Criteria. Any confirmation thus issued is subject to all circumstances remaining unchanged in respect of the horse and will be automatically revoked when circumstances do change (e.g. age change or the horse racing again). In that case, re-confirmation of qualification for import is required. It is the sole responsibility of the Permit Holder that such a horse satisfies the Import Criteria and all other requirements for import into Hong Kong.

2. Special Replacement Permit

A Special Replacement Permit refers to a PP Permit issued for importing a horse to replace one which has been retired at any time for the purpose of applying for such Special Replacement Permit.

Horses must have a confirmed Hong Kong rating of 85 or higher at the time of import;

Or in the case of a three-year-old which has run no more than five times, have a confirmed Hong Kong rating of 80 or higher at the time of import, based on form shown as a three-year-old;

Or in the case of an owner who is issued with a Special Replacement Permit for the first time, have a confirmed Hong Kong rating of 80 or higher at the time of import;

And
have won a race or been placed 2nd or 3rd in a Group or Listed race;

And
be imported from one of the countries listed in paragraph A1.

Hong Kong Ratings are provided by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicappers upon request of Permit Holders and/or Trainers. Ratings supplied and/or published by foreign racing jurisdictions do not determine eligibility.

Permit Holders and/or Trainers must obtain prior written confirmation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicappers that a horse is eligible for import in accordance with the Import Criteria. Any confirmation thus issued is subject to all circumstances remaining unchanged in respect of the horse and will be automatically revoked when circumstances do change (e.g. age change or the horse racing again). In that case, re-confirmation of qualification for import is required. It is the sole responsibility of the Permit Holder that such a horse satisfies the Import Criteria and all other requirements for import into Hong Kong.