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Queen Elizabeth II Cup

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup is a Group One Thoroughbred horse race at Sha Tin Racecourse in the New Territories, Hong Kong. Established in 1975 by the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, it is run annually in April at a distance of 2,000 metres (ten furlongs) on turf. Prior to 1997 it was run at 2,200 metres (eleven furlongs). Sponsored by renowned Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet since 1999, it currently offers a purse of HK$14 million (US$1.8 million).

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was first run at the Happy Valley Racecourse in Happy Valley, Hong Kong to commemorate a visit to Hong Kong by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. It evolved to an international event in 1995, with Hong Kong horses competing against those from the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Australia.

Since becoming a Group One race in 2001, every winner of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup has been a descendant of Northern Dancer. The 2006 race saw Irridescence upset the great filly and European Horse of the Year, Ouija Board.

Winners since 1995







1995 Red Bishop 7 Michael Kinane Hilal Ibrahim Ali Saeed 2:17.20
1996 Overbury 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:14.50
1997 London News 5 Douglas Whyte Alec Laird Laurie & Jean Jaffee 2:00.30
1998 Oriental Express 5 Douglas Whyte Ivan W. Allan Larry Yung Chi Kin 2:01.00
1999 Jim And Tonic 5 Gerald Mosse François Doumen John D. Martin 2:00.10
2000 Industrialist 4 Alan Munro Brian Kan A. Hu Si Nok & P. Wong Yau Ming 2:02.10
2001 Silvano 5 Andreas Suborics Andreas Wöhler Stiftung Gestüt Fährhof 2:03.10
2002 Eishin Preston 5 Yuichi Fukunaga Shuji Kitahashi Toyomitsu Hirai 2:02.50
2003 Eishin Preston 6 Yuichi Fukunaga Shuji Kitahashi Toyomitsu Hirai 2:03.80
2004 River Dancer 5 Glyn Schofield John Size Ronald Arculli 2:01.40
2005 Vengeance of Rain 4 Anthony Delpech David E. Ferraris Chow Nam & R. G. Chow Hon Man 2:01.80
2006 Irridescence 5 Weichong Marwing Mike de Kock Team Valor 2:02.00
2007 Viva Pataca 5 Michael Kinane John Moore Stanley Ho Hung-Sun 2:01.90
2008 Archipenko 4 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum 2:00.80
2009 Presvis 5 Ryan Moore Luca Cumani Leonidas Marinopoulos 2:02.97
2010 Viva Pataca 8 Weichong Marwing John Moore Stanley Ho Hung-Sun 2:04.97

Earlier winners

  • 1975 - Nazakat
  • 1976 - Super Win
  • 1977 - Wing Take
  • 1978 - Nazakat
  • 1979 - Go-Getter
  • 1980 - Allegro
  • 1981 - Classic Boy
  • 1982 - Alex Flyer
  • 1983 - Fire Ball
  • 1984 - Yau Wai
  • 1985 - Champion Joker
  • 1986 - Powerhouse
  • 1987 - Forever Gold
  • 1988 - Top Grade
  • 1989 - Star Mark
  • 1990 - Quicken Away
  • 1991 - Galway
  • 1992 - River Verdon
  • 1993 - Muhim
  • 1994 - Deerfield



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