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Hong Kong Mile

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.

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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.

Hong Kong Mile info

Date: Sunday 9th December 2018
Track: Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo & Up
Status: Group 1
Surface: Turf
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).

Other Group 1 feature races on International race day include the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), Hong Kong Mile (1600m) and Hong Kong Cup (2000m).

2017 Hong Kong Mile result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1.33.72

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Hong Kong International Race Day

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:

  • Hong Kong Cup - 2000m
  • Hong Kong Sprint - 1200m
  • Hong Kong Mile - 1600m
  • Hong Kong Vase - 2400m

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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Hong Kong Mile recent winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
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.