The Hong Kong Jockey Club is deeply saddened by the news that Club work rider Mr Mok Chun-wa, who was injured at the Sha Tin Racecourse stables yesterday (17 July) morning, passed away this afternoon. Mr Mok’s family, who were at his bedside, have decided to donate his organs to help others in need.
Mr Mok was trotting a horse in the sand yard of its trainer’s stable compound as part of the off-season light exercise when the horse became unsettled and fell, resulting in Mr Mok being dislodged and sustaining injuries. Emergency services were summoned and Mr Mok was taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital.
The Club extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Mr Mok and is offering support to the family in the immediate aftermath of this tragic event. The Club will provide immediate financial aid and longer-term financial support for his wife and his children’s education. Counselling services have also been arranged for Mr Mok’s family and co-workers if needed.
The Club is aware of the concerns raised by some of its staff after the accident. While the horse training arrangements at the Club’s racecourses conform to international practice, and although activities are limited due to the tracks being closed for renovation during part of the off-season, the Club immediately arranged standby ambulance services in the stables compound commencing this morning to address such concerns. Such arrangements will continue to be in place during the off-season pending the Club’s review of the circumstances relating to the accident and whether there is a need for any long term measures.