The Hong Kong Mile is a Group 1 race for 3yo & upward thoroughbreds that takes place each December at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong. The race itself is run over a distance of 1600 metres with prizemoney of HK$20,000,000 and is one of the four major races held on Hong Kong International Race Day.
The John Moore trained Beauty Generation, ridden by K C Leung, took out the 2017 Hong Kong Mile. The son of Road To Rock defeated Western Express by one length with Helene Paragon a further 1.25 lengths away in third place.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club governs racing in Hong Kong and has meetings at two race tracks - Sha Tin Racecourse and Happy Valley Racecourse. The Hong Kong Mile is run at the Sha Tin Racecourse which was first built in 1978.
|Date:||Sunday 10th December 2017|
|Track:||Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong|
|Race Type:||3yo & Up|
|Prizemoney:||HK$20,000,000 (app $2.3M AUS)|
|2017 Winner:||Beauty Generation|
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The Hong Kong Mile was first introduced in 1991 as the 'Hong Kong International Bowl' and was originally raced over a distance of 1400 metres. In 1999 the race distance increased to 1600 metres and the race itself became the Hong Kong Mile, with Group One status reached in the year 2000.
The Hong Kong Mile attracts quality gallopers from all around the world and past winners include three-time winner Good Ba Ba (2007-2009) and brilliant Australasian mare Sunline (2000).
Beauty Only (2016) took out the Gr2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile over 1600m at Sha Tin before winning this event in stylish fashion and recent Hong Kong Mile winners include Maurice (2015) and Able Friend (2014).
1. 8.40 Beauty Generation 57.0 K C Leung
2. 36.00 Western Express 57.0 S Clipperton
3. 6.90 Helene Paragon 57.0 T Berry
4. 2.60 Seasons Bloom 57.0 J Moreira
5. 15.00 Lancaster Bomber 57.0 R Moore
6. 50.00 Horse Of Fortune 57.0 U Rispoli
7. 4.50 Beauty Only 57.0 Z Purton
8. 30.00 Sichuan Dar) 57.0 N Rawiller
9. 30.00 Joyful Trinity 57.0 G Mosse
10. 99.00 Lightning Spear 57.0 O Murphy
11. 14.00 Satono Aladdin 57.0 H Bowman
12. 24.00 Contentment 57.0 B Prebble
13. 99.00 Karar 57.0 P-C Boudot
14. 25.00 Roly Poly 55.0 J Heffernan
Margins: 1 len, 1 1/4 len
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Hong Kong International Race day is the major race day of Hong Kong horse racing and the day itself has become one of the major days of racing in Asia and around the world. Held in December annually, International Race Day takes place offers total prizemoney in excess of HK$64,000,000, which is around $8.2M Australian.
International Race Day features the following Group 1 races:
Australian horses have won the Hong Kong Mile multiple times with Monopolize ridden by Wayne Harris and trained by Grahame Begg winning in consecutive years in 1995-96, while the Bart Cumming's galloper Catalan Opening scoring in 1997 with Darren Beadman aboard. In the year 2000, Greg Childs rode champion mare Sunline to victory for trainer Trevor McKee.
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|2017||Beauty Generation||K.C. Leung||John Moore||1.33.7|
|2016||Beauty Only||Zac Purton||Tony Cruz||1.33.4|
|2015||Maurice||Giant Treasure||Able Friend||1.33.9|
|2014||Able Friend||Joao Moreira||John Moore||1:33.4|
|2013||Glorious Days||Douglas Whyte||John Size||1:33.6|
|2012||Ambitious Dragon||Tony Millard||Zac Purton||1:34.1|
|2011||Able One||Jeff Lloyd||John Moore||1:33.9|
|2010||Beauty Flash||Gerald Mosse||Tony Cruz||1.34.7|
|2009||Good Ba Ba||O Doleuze||D Cruz||1.34.6|
|2008||Good Ba Ba||Chris Soumillon||Andreas Schutz||1:32.7|
|2007||Good Ba Ba||Olivier Doleuze||Andreas Schutz||1:34.5|
|2006||The Duke||Olivier Doleuze||Caspar Fownes||1:33.4|
|2005||Hat Trick||Olivier Peslier||Katsuhiko Sumii||1:34.8|
|2004||Firebreak||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||1:34.6|
|2003||Lucky Owners||Felix Coetzee||Tony Cruz||1:34.3|
|2002||Olympic Express||Weichong Marwing||Ivan Allan||1:34.9|
|2001||Eishin Preston||Yuichi Fukunaga||Shuji Kitahashi||1:34.8|
|2000||Sunline||Greg Childs||Trevor McKee||1:34.2|
|1999||Docksider||Olivier Peslier||John Hills||1:34.7|
|1998||Jim and Tonic||Gerald Mosse||Francois Doumen||1:21.7|
|1997||Catalan Opening||Darren Beadman||Bart Cummings||1:22.0|
|1996||Monopolize||Darren Beadman||Grahame Begg||1:22.0|
|1995||Monopolize||Wayne Harris||Grahame Begg||1:21.5|
|1994||Soviet Line||Walter Swinburn||Michael Stoute||1:22.0|
|1993||Winning Partners||Michael Kinane||Neville Begg||1:22.6|
|1992||Glen Kate *||Corey Black||Bill Shoemaker||1:22.2|
|1991||Additional Risk||Michael Kinane||Dermot Weld||1:21.9|
* 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.