Hong Kong International Races
Hong Kong International Races (香港國際賽事) are the most prestigious horse races in Hong Kong. The event consists of 4 races which are run annually in mid-December at Sha Tin Racecourse. It is hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and has been sponsoring by Cathay Pacific Airways since 2004. The event is televised around the globe. In 2006, the total purse was HKD62million.
1989 marked the start of the Hong Kong Cup, which was initially called Hong Kong Invitation Cup and restricted to horses from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The first winner was Flying Dancer, owned by Lim Por Yen and trained by Ping Chee Kan.
The race quickly gained attention and was gradually opened to horses from other countries. Starting in 1991 other races were added to the program and today horses from all over the world compete in the event.
Hong Kong Cup
The Hong Kong Cup is the world’s richest turf race over 2000m and was the finale of the now defunct World Racing Championships from 1999 to 2005.
Hong Kong Mile
The Hong Kong Mile has a prize money of HK$16 million. The race was first run in 1991 to mark the staging of the 22nd Asian Racing Conference, and was run over 1400m. From 1999 it was renamed Hong Kong Mile and run over 1600m. It became the World's richest mile race in 2002.
Hong Kong Vase
The Hong Kong Vase was introduced in 1994. It is run over 2400m and has a purse of HK$14 million.
Hong Kong Sprint
The Hong Kong Sprint was debuted in 1999 and was run over 1000m. Since 2006, it has a HK$12m purse, and was the world’s richest race over 1000m.
Silent Witness became back to back winner of the Hong Kong Sprint in 2003 and 2004.