|Group 1 race|
|Location|| Sha Tin Racecourse |
Hong Kong, China
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Website||Hong Kong Jockey Club|
|Distance||1,200 metres (a6f)|
|Qualification||Three-years-old and up|
|Weight||126 lb |
4 lb for fillies and mares
|Bonuses||see Global Sprint Challenge|
The Hong Kong Sprint 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 1,200 metres (about 6 furlongs) at Sha Tin, and it is scheduled to take place each year in mid December.
The race was first run in 1999, and it was originally contested over 1,000 metres. It was richest 1,000m horse race in the world before 2006. It was promoted to Group 1 status in 2002, and the present distance, 1,200 metres, was introduced in 2006. The event is now the final leg in the nine race Global Sprint Challenge series, preceded by The Age Classic.
The Hong Kong Sprint is one of the four Hong Kong International Races, and it presently offers a purse of HK$22,000,000 since 2020/21.
Speed record: (at present distance of 1,200 metres)
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
Most wins by an owner:
|1999||Fairy King Prawn||4||Steven King||Ricky Yiu (Hong Kong)||Philip Lau Sak-Hong||0:56.50|
|2000||Falvelon||4||Damien Oliver||Danny Bougoure (Australia)||Dawn Falvey et al.||0:56.70|
|2001||Falvelon||5||Damien Oliver||Danny Bougoure (Australia)||Dawn Falvey et al.||0:57.00|
|2002||All Thrills Too||5||Gérald Mossé||David Hayes (Hong Kong)||Alan Lam Man Bun||0:56.40|
|2003||Silent Witness||4||Felix Coetzee||Tony Cruz (Hong Kong)||Archie & Betty da Silva||0:56.50|
|2004||Silent Witness||5||Felix Coetzee||Tony Cruz (Hong Kong)||Archie & Betty da Silva||0:56.80|
|2005||Natural Blitz||5||Glyn Schofield||Derek Cruz (Hong Kong)||Danny Lam Yin Kee||0:57.60|
|2006||Absolute Champion||5||Brett Prebble||David Hall (Hong Kong)||Eddie Wong Ming Chak||1:07.80|
|2007||Sacred Kingdom||4||Gérald Mossé||Ricky Yiu (Hong Kong)||Sin Kang Yuk||1:08.40|
|2008||Inspiration||5||Darren Beadman||John Moore (Hong Kong)||Mr & Mrs Hui Sai Fun||1:08.68|
|2009||Sacred Kingdom||6||Brett Prebble||Ricky Yiu (Hong Kong)||Sin Kang Yuk||1:09.16|
|2010||J J the Jet Plane||6||Piere Strydom||Lucky Houdalakis (South Africa)||HSN du Preez, CF Strydom, L Houdalakis, CD Boyens||1:08.84|
|2011||Lucky Nine||4||Brett Prebble||Caspar Fownes (Hong Kong)||Dr Chang Fuk To & Maria Chang Lee Ming Shum||1:08.98|
|2012||Lord Kanaloa||4||Yasunari Iwata||Takayuki Yasuda (Japan)||Lord Horse Club||1:08.50|
|2013||Lord Kanaloa||5||Yasunari Iwata||Takayuki Yasuda (Japan)||Lord Horse Club||1:08.25|
|2014||Aerovelocity||6||Zac Purton||Paul O'Sullivan (Hong Kong)||Daniel Yeung Ngai||1:08.57|
|2015||Peniaphobia||4||João Moreira||Tony Cruz (Hong Kong)||Huang Kai Wen||1:08.74|
|2016||Aerovelocity||8||Zac Purton||Paul O'Sullivan (Hong Kong)||Daniel Yeung Ngai||1:08.80|
|2017||Mr Stunning||5||Nash Rawiller||John Size (Hong Kong)||Maurice Koo Win Chong||1:08.40|
|2018||Mr Stunning||6||Karis Teetan||Frankie Lor (Hong Kong)||Maurice Koo Win Chong||1:08.85|
|2019||Beat The Clock||6||João Moreira||John Size (Hong Kong)||Merrick Chung Wai Lik||1:08.12|
|2020||Danon Smash||5||Ryan Moore||Takayuki Yasuda (Japan)||Danox Co Ltd||1:08.45|
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