The Hong Kong Cup is a Group 1 race for 3yo & upward thoroughbreds held annually each December at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong. The race has prizemoney of HK$22,000,000 and is run over a distance of 2000 metres. It is one of the four major races to take place on Hong Kong International Race Day.
Aided by a clever Zac Purton ride, the Tony Cruz-trained Time Warp scored a classy victory in the 2017 Hong Kong Cup. The son of Archipenko defeated Werther by 2.25 lengths with Neorealism finishing third, a further 1.5 lengths away.
Racing in Hong Kong is governed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and racing is held at both Sha Tin and Happy Valley race tracks. The Hong Kong Cup is run at the Sha Tin Racecourse which was first erected in 1978. For more information about Sha Tin and the HKJC please take the time to visit our Sha Tin Racecourse page.
|Date:||Sunday 10th December 2017|
|Track:||Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong|
|Race Type:||3yo & Up|
|Prizemoney:||HK$22,000,000 (app $2.58M AUS)|
|2017 Winner:||Time Warp|
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The Hong Kong Cup was first run in 1988 as the 'Hong Kong Invitation Cup' over 1800m and was initially only open to gallopers from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 1989, Australia and New Zealand horses were invited to enter, while European horses were allowed entry from 1990. Horses from the US, Canada and Japan participated from 1991 onwards and the race also included horses trained in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.
The race was afforded Group One status in 1999, along with a distance increase to 2000m, and the race became the Hong Kong Cup.
With UK$20,000,000 (AU$2.58M) in prizemoney, the Hong Kong Cup is the final leg of the World Series Racing Championship which comprises of 12 races run between March and December in nine countries over four continents. The Australian leg of the series is the Gr1 WS Cox Plate held at Moonee Valley in October.
Maurice (2016) took out the Gr1 Tenno Sho over 2000m at Tokyo in Japan before scoring a brilliant victory in this event and recent Hong Kong Cup winners include A Shin Hikari (2015) and Designs On Rome (2014).
1. 4.00 Time Warp 57.0 Z Purton
2. 2.20 Werther 57.0 T Berry
3. 7.30 Neorealism 57.0 J Moreira
4. 16.00 Staphanos 57.0 H Bowman
5. 28.00 Smart Layer 55.5 Y Take
6. 8.20 Poet's Word 57.0 A Atzeni
7. 38.00 Secret Weapon 57.0 N Rawiller
8. 99.00 Robin Of Navan 57.0 S Clipperton
9. 95.00 Garlingari 57.0 S Pasquier
10. 78.00 War Decree 55.5 J Heffernan
11. 11.00 Deauville 57.0 R Moore
12. 52.00 Blond Me 55.5 O Murphy
Margins: 2.25 len, 1.5 len
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Hong Kong International Race day is the major race day of Hong Kong horse racing and has grown into one of the biggest days of racing in Asia and around the world. International Race Day takes place annually in December and offers total prizemoney in excess of HK$64,000,000, which is approximately $8.2M Australian.
International Race Day feature Group 1 races:
Australian and New Zealand gallopers were successful in the early runnings of the Hong Kong Cup with Grey Invader (1989), Kessem (1990), Romanee Conti (1992) and State Taj (1994) all winning.
Australian horses have had little success winning the Hong Kong Cup in recent times, mainly due to the prizemoney increase over the years and the quality status of the race attracting the best gallopers from around the world to contest this event.
Australian gallopers have placed in two of the past three Hong Kong Cups, with Criterion running third in the 2014 Hong Kong Cup and Alcopop finishing third in the 2012 Hong Kong Cup.
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|2017||Time Warp||Zac Purton||Tony Cruz||2.01.6|
|2016||Maurice||Ryan Moore||Noriyuki Hori||2.00.9|
|2015||A Shin Hikari||Nuovo Record||Blazing Speed||2.00.6|
|2014||Designs On Rome||Joao Moreira||John Moore||2:01.9|
|2013||Akeed Mofeed||Douglas Whyte||Richard Gibson||2.01.9|
|2012||California Memory||Matthew Chadwick||Tony Cruz||2:03.0|
|2011||California Memory||Matthew Chadwick||Anthony Cruz||2:04.5|
|2010||Snow Fairy||Ryan Moore||Ed Dunlop||2.02.9|
|2009||Vision d'Etat||O Peslier||E Libaud||2.01.8|
|2008||Eagle Mountain||Kevin Shea||Mike de Kock||2:00.9|
|2007||Ramonti||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||2:02.8|
|2006||Pride||Christophe Lemaire||Alain de Royer-Dupre||2:01.6|
|2005||Vengeance of Rain||Anthony Delpech||David E. Ferraris||2:04.5|
|2004||Alexander Goldrun||Kevin Manning||Jim Bolger||2:03.3|
|2003||Falbrav||Frankie Dettori||Luca Cumani||2:00.9|
|2002||Precision||Michael Kinane||David Oughton||2:07.1|
|2001||Agnes Digital||Hirofumi Shii||Toshiaki Shirai||2:02.8|
|2000||Fantastic Light||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||2:02.2|
|1999||Jim and Tonic||Gerald Mosse||Francois Doumen||2:01.4|
|1998||Midnight Bet||Hiroshi Kawachi||Hiroyuki Nagahama||1:46.9|
|1997||Val's Prince||Cash Asmussen||James E. Picou||1:47.2|
|1996||First Island||Michael Hills||Geoff Wragg||1:48.2|
|1995||Fujiyama Kenzan||Masayoshi Ebina||Hideyuki Mori||1:47.0|
|1994||State Taj||Damien Oliver||James L. Riley||1:48.4|
|1993||Motivation||John Marshall||John Moore||1:49.2|
|1992||Romanee Conti *||Greg Childs||Laurie Laxon||1:48.2|
|1991||River Verdon||Gerald Mosse||David Hill||1:49.8|
|1990||Kessem||Kevin Moses||Brian Smith||1:48.4|
|1989||Colonial Chief||Tony Cruz||Ivan W. Allan||1:49.3|
|1988||Flying Dancer||Bartie Leisher||Brian Kan Ping-chee||1:48.6|
* The 1992 Hong Kong Cup was postponed in December of that year due to an equine virus outbreak and the race was held in April of 1993.