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Hong Kong Sprint

Group 1 race
Hong Kong Sprint
Location Sha Tin Racecourse
Hong Kong, China
Inaugurated 1999
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Cathay Pacific
Website Hong Kong Jockey Club
Race information
Distance 1,200 metres (a6f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 126 lb
4 lb for fillies and mares
Purse HK$12,000,000 (2009)
1st: HK$6,840,000

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 eight 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$12,000,000 (approximately US$1.55 million).


Speed record: (at present distance of 1,200 metres)

  • 1:07.80 – Absolute Champion (2006)

Most wins:

  • 2 – Falvelon (2000, 2001)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 – Brett Prebble (2006, 2009)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 – Ricky Yiu (1999, 2007, 2009)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 – Dawn Falvey et al. (2000, 2001)
  • 2 – Archie & Betty da Silva (2003, 2004)
  • 2 – Sin Kang Yuk (2007, 2009)








1999 Fairy King Prawn 4 Steven King Ricky Yiu Philip Lau Sak-Hong 0:56.50
2000 Falvelon 4 Damien Oliver Danny Bougoure Dawn Falvey et al. 0:56.70
2001 Falvelon 5 Damien Oliver Danny Bougoure Dawn Falvey et al. 0:57.00
2002 All Thrills Too 5 Gérald Mossé David Hayes Alan Lam Man Bun 0:56.40
2003 Silent Witness 4 Felix Coetzee Tony Cruz Archie & Betty da Silva 0:56.50
2004 Silent Witness 5 Felix Coetzee Tony Cruz Archie & Betty da Silva 0:56.80
2005 Natural Blitz 5 Glyn Schofield Derek Cruz Lam Yin Kee 0:57.60
2006 Absolute Champion 5 Brett Prebble David Hall Eddie Wong Ming Chak 1:07.80
2007 Sacred Kingdom 4 Gérald Mossé Ricky Yiu Sin Kang Yuk 1:08.40
2008 Inspiration 5 Darren Beadman John Moore Mr & Mrs Hui Sai Fun 1:08.68
2009 Sacred Kingdom 6 Brett Prebble Ricky Yiu Sin Kang Yuk 1:09.16


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Hong Kong Sprint (2009).


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