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Hong Kong Cup

Group 1 race
Hong Kong Cup
Location Sha Tin Racecourse
Hong Kong, China
Inaugurated 1988
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Cathay Pacific
Website Hong Kong Jockey Club
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 123 lb (3y); 126 lb (4y+)
4 lb for fillies and mares
Purse HK$20,000,000 (2009)
1st: HK$11,400,000

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 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles) at Sha Tin, and it is scheduled to take place each year in mid December.

The race was first run on January 24, 1988, and its distance was initially set at 1,800 metres. 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$20,000,000 (approximately US$2.58 million).


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

Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:








1988 Flying Dancer 5 Bartie Leisher Brian Kan Ping-chee Lim Por-yen 1:48.60
1989 Colonial Chief 4 Tony Cruz Ivan W. Allan Promise Stable 1:49.30
1989 Grey Invader 4 Gary Stewart Alvin Clark E. J. Johnson et al. 1:48.00
1990 Kessem 5 Kevin Moses Brian Smith B. Duncan et al. 1:48.40
1991 River Verdon 4 Gérald Mossé David Hill Cheung / Arculli 1:49.80
1992 Romanee Conti [1] 4 Greg Childs Laurie Laxon Peter & Philip Vela 1:48.20
1993 Motivation 5 John Marshall John Moore Mr & Mrs Hui Sai Fun 1:49.20
1994 State Taj 5 Damien Oliver James L. Riley Neville Begg & Partners 1:48.40
1995 Fujiyama Kenzan 7 Masayoshi Ebina Hideyuki Mori Tatsuya Fujimoto 1:47.00
1996 First Island 4 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg Mollers Racing 1:48.20
1997 Val's Prince 5 Cash Asmussen James E. Picou Martin / Weiner 1:47.20
1998 Midnight Bet 4 Hiroshi Kawachi Hiroyuki Nagahama Shadai Racehorse Co. Ltd. 1:46.90
1999 Jim and Tonic 5 Gérald Mossé François Doumen John D. Martin 2:01.40
2000 Fantastic Light 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:02.20
2001 Agnes Digital 4 Hirofumi Shii Toshiaki Shirai Takao Watanabe 2:02.80
2002 Precision 4 Michael Kinane David Oughton Wu Sai Wing 2:07.10
2003 Falbrav 5 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Sc. Rencati / Yoshida 2:00.90
2004 Alexander Goldrun 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Miriam O'Callaghan 2:03.30
2005 Vengeance of Rain 4 Anthony Delpech David E. Ferraris R. G. Chow Hon Man 2:04.50
2006 Pride 6 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré NP Bloodstock Ltd 2:01.60
2007 Ramonti 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:02.80
2008 Eagle Mountain 4 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock M. bin K. Al Maktoum 2:00.92
2009 Vision d'Etat 4 Olivier Peslier Eric Libaud Detré / Libaud 2:01.86

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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