Hong Kong Cup

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Longines Hong Kong Cup
Group 1 race
Location Sha Tin Racecourse
Hong Kong
Inaugurated1988
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Longines
Website Hong Kong Jockey Club
Race information
Distance2,000 metres (1+14 miles or 10 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight123 lb (3y); 126 lb (4y+)
Allowances
4 lb for fillies and mares
Purse HK$30,000,000 (2021)

The Hong Kong Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Hong Kong which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run over a distance of 2000 metres (about 1+14 miles or 10 furlongs) at Sha Tin, and it is scheduled to take place each year in mid December.

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The race was first run on 24 January 1988, and its distance was initially set at 1800 metres.[ citation needed ] The inaugural running was restricted to horses trained in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Added to this list for the following season were horses from Australia and New Zealand. The race was switched to December for its third running, therefore taking place twice within 1989. Horses trained in Europe were admitted in 1990, followed by those from the United States in 1991, and Canada and Japan in 1992. The distance was increased to its present length, 2,000 metres, in 1999. Also at this time the race was promoted to Group 1 status.

The Hong Kong Cup is one of the four Hong Kong International Races, and it presently offers a purse of HK$25,000,000 in 2014/15(approximately US$3.23 million), making not just the richest race in Hong Kong and also the richest 2000 metre Turf race in the world.

Records

Speed record: (at present distance of 2,000 metres)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners

Year
Winner
Trained
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2nd/3rd
1988 Flying Dancer Hong Kong5 Bartie Leisher Brian Kan Ping-chee Lim Por-yen 1:48.60Top Grade / Yuno When
1989 Colonial Chief Singapore4 Tony Cruz Ivan W. Allan Promise Stable1:49.30Top Grade / Stingray
1989 Grey Invader New Zealand4 Gary Stewart Alvin Clark E. J. Johnson et al.1:48.00Latitude / St James
1990 Kessem New Zealand5 Kevin Moses Brian Smith B. Duncan et al.1:48.40Livistona Lane / Colonial Chief
1991 River Verdon Hong Kong4 Gérald Mossé David Hill Cheung / Arculli 1:49.80Prudent Manner / Majestic Boy
1992 Romanee Conti [1] New Zealand4 Greg Childs Laurie Laxon Peter & Philip Vela1:48.20Fraar / Charmonnier
1993 Motivation Hong Kong5 John Marshall John Moore Mr & Mrs Hui Sai Fun 1:49.20Verveine / Stark South
1994 State Taj Australia5 Damien Oliver James L. Riley Neville Begg & Partners1:48.40River Majesty / Volochine
1995 Fujiyama Kenzan Japan7 Masayoshi Ebina Hideyuki Mori Tatsuya Fujimoto1:47.00Ventiquattrofogli / Jade Age
1996 First Island UK4 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg Mollers Racing 1:48.20Seascay / Kingston Bay
1997 Val's Prince USA5 Cash Asmussen James E. Picou Martin / Weiner 1:47.20Oriental Express / Wixim
1998 Midnight Bet Japan4 Hiroshi Kawachi Hiroyuki Nagahama Shadai Racehorse Co. Ltd. 1:46.90Johan Cruyff / Almushtarak
1999 Jim and Tonic France5 Gérald Mossé François Doumen John D. Martin2:01.40Running Stag / Lear Spear
2000 Fantastic Light UAE4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:02.20Greek Dance / Jim and Tonic
2001 Agnes Digital Japan4 Hirofumi Shii Toshiaki Shirai Takao Watanabe 2:02.80 Tobougg / Terre A Terre
2002 Precision Hong Kong4 Michael Kinane David Oughton Wu Sai Wing2:07.10Paolini / Dano-mast
2003 Falbrav UK5 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Sc. Rencati / Yoshida 2:00.90 Rakti / Elegant Fashion
2004 Alexander Goldrun Ireland3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Miriam O'Callaghan2:03.30 Bullish Luck / Touch Of Land
2005 Vengeance of Rain Hong Kong4 Anthony Delpech David E. Ferraris R. G. Chow Hon Man 2:04.50 Pride / Maraahel
2006 Pride France6 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré NP Bloodstock Ltd2:01.60 Admire Moon / Vengeance of Rain
2007 Ramonti UAE5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:02.80 Viva Pataca / Musical Way
2008 Eagle Mountain South Africa4 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock M. bin K. Al Maktoum 2:00.92Balius / Linngari
2009 Vision d'Etat France4 Olivier Peslier Eric Libaud Detré / Libaud2:01.86 Collection / Presvis
2010 Snow Fairy UK3 Ryan Moore Ed Dunlop Anamoine Limited 2:02.94Irian / Packing Winner
2011 California Memory Hong Kong5 Matthew Chadwick Anthony S. Cruz Howard Liang Yum Shing2:04.57Irian / Zazou
2012 California Memory Hong Kong6Matthew Chadwick Anthony S. Cruz Howard Liang Yum Shing2:03.09Giofra / Alcopop
2013 Akeed Mofeed Hong Kong4 Douglas Whyte Richard Gibson Pan Sutong 2:01.96Tokei Halo / Cirrus des Aigles
2014 Designs On Rome Hong Kong5 João Moreira John Moore Cheng Keung Fai2:01.96 Military Attack / Criterion
2015 A Shin Hikari Japan4 Yutaka Take Masanori Sakaguchi Eishindo Co Ltd 2:00.60Nuovo Record / Blazing Speed
2016 Maurice Japan5 Ryan Moore Noriyuki Hori Kazumi Yoshida 2:00.95Secret Weapon / Staphanos
2017 Time Warp Hong Kong4 Zac Purton Anthony S. Cruz Martin Siu Kim Sun2:01.63Werther / Neorealism
2018 Glorious Forever Hong Kong4 Silvestre de Sousa Frankie Lor Michael Kwan Wing Lok2:01.71 Deirdre / Time Warp
2019 Win Bright Japan5Masami MatsuokaYoshihiro HatakeyamaWin Co Ltd2:00.52Magic Wand / Rise High
2020 Normcore Japan5 Zac Purton Kiyoshi HagiwaraSeiichi Iketani2:00.50 Win Bright / Magical

1 The "1992" race actually took place in April 1993 – it had been postponed in December due to an equine virus.

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