Every race day, there are horse fans who generously "lay the turf", but the real success of laying the track is really dependent on a team of "track repairmen" who are exposed to the sun and rain.
Kiki, a post-80s executive manager of the Jockey Club track, has worked on lawns for 10 years. She loves nature and likes to accept challenges. She describes her satisfaction as far more than her "make-up handbags" at work.
Liu Jieer pointed out that every race day, there are about a hundred horses of over 1,000 pounds galloping. Many holes will be left on the track that has been trampled on. The team will plant grass on the track to "fill holes" and set the sun when necessary. The lamp "gives birth" or the cover is kept warm.
Jockey Club Runway Executive Manager Liu Jieer has worked on lawns for 10 years. She loves nature and she describes her satisfaction as far as she goes to work with "make-up and handbags".
(Photo by Zhang Haowei)
Happy Valley Racecourse will hold the "Longines International Jockeys Championship" this Wednesday (8th). As one of the annual events of the Jockey Club, Jockey Club Executive Manager Liu Jieer leads a team of 100 people to ensure that the track lawn is in the best condition. Let the world's top jockeys compete.
Don’t use makeup with beautiful handbags, work under natural sunlight, and feel the influence of nature. It’s challenging and flexible, far beyond the satisfaction of dressing up.
Jockey Club Runway Executive Manager Liu Jieer
The race track makes the horse think that the "trap" will jump and endanger the jockey
Liu Jieer, who graduated from the Department of Geography of the Chinese University of China, has joined the Jockey Club for 10 years. Although the lawn is working well, she enjoys working in the sun.
The Happy Valley Racecourse has a total length of about 1,400 meters and covers an area of 5.4 hectares. She said that the inner ring of the race track is highly worn and there will be multiple holes in the track. Because horses are timid by nature, there is a chance that the holes are " "Trap" suddenly jumped up, endangering the safety of the horses and jockeys. Horse racing on an uneven track may also affect fairness.
Therefore, after each race day, Liu Jie'er will bring a team of nearly a hundred people to repair the track within 3 to 4 days, first plant the grass slope on the hole, and then sprinkle soil, fertilize, and water. It will be back in about 3 weeks. In the state, railings will be installed during the period, the inner track under repair will be enclosed, and the race will be held outside the fence to ensure the lawn is recuperating.
To keep the grass warm, color and water, the track needs to be "repaired" between each game
At the same time, the team will set up sun lights to illuminate the lawn at locations where the sun can’t shine. If the temperature drops sharply, they will be "covered" on the lawn to keep it warm; to ensure the color of the track is consistent, the team will also "make up" the track , Dye the lawn; and on race days, the team has to race against time, grasping only 20 minutes between each race, and trying their best to "repair" the track.
The Jockey Club will plant "hybrid Bermuda grass" in summer (right), but it will turn yellow or even dormant in winter, so it will change to "perennial ryegrass" (left) from October.
(Photo by Zhang Haowei)
There is a difference between planting grass in summer and winter
In response to the four distinct seasons in Hong Kong, the Jockey Club will plant "Hybrid Bermudagrass" in summer. It will grow horizontally and hold on to the soil. However, it will turn yellow or even dormant in winter. Therefore, it will change to "Perennial Ryegrass" from October to show its resilience. Strong, can still maintain emerald green in winter.
Looking back on the most memorable experience, Liu Jieer pointed out that on a race day that hit the black rainstorm warning in 2016, the rainstorm warning was only lifted in the evening.
When everyone was worried about whether the event could be held, she confidently said at the time: "As long as there is half an hour to go to the water, there must be no problem!" In the end, the event went smoothly, reflecting the daily lawn care, even in emergencies. Turn crisis into opportunity.
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