The Hong Kong Vase is a Group 1 race for 3yo & upward staying thoroughbreds over a distance of 2400 metres and held in December each year at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong. The race has prizemoney of HK$14,000,000 and is one of the four major races to take place on Hong Kong International Race Day.
The Ed Dunlop trained 2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux was the 2012 Hong Kong Vase winner after a strong ride from Gerald Mosse resulted in a short head win over . Japanese stayer Jaguar Mail, with French galloper Meandre running third.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club governs racing in Hong Kong and has two racing tracks, Sha Tin and Happy Valley. The Hong Kong Mile is run at the Sha Tin Racecourse which was first built in 1978. Visit our Sha Tin Racecourse page for more information about the HKJC and the Sha Tin track.
The Hong Kong Vase is the major staying event on International Race Day and was first run in 1994. The race was elevated to Group One level in the year 2000 and and with a purse of HK$14M it has become a prestigious distance event on the Hong Kong racing calendar.
Red Cadeaux (2012) finished 8th in the Gr1 Japan Cup at Tokyo racecourse in Japan on his way to winning this event and recent Hong Kong Vase winners include Dunaden (2011) and Mastery (2010).
Australian racehorses do not figure too prominently on the Hong Kong Vase honour roll and the winner tends to be a quality international galloper.
In recent times the Gr1 Melbourne Cup has proven to be a good guide to the Hong Kong Vase with the past two winners Red Cadeaux (2012) and Dunaden (2011) having contested Australia's famous two mile event at Fleminton along the way.
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* The 1992 Hong Kong Vase was postponed in December of that year due to an equine virus outbreak and the race was held the in April of 1993.
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