The Hong Kong Sprint is a Group 1 sprint race for 3yo & upward thoroughbreds over a distance of 1200 metres held each December at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong. The race has prizemoney of HK$15,000,000 and is one of the four major races to take place on Hong Kong International Race Day.
Locally trained Aerovelocity claimed the 2016 Hong Kong Sprint, capturing the race for the second time in three years. Trained by Paul O'Sullivan and ridden by Zac Purton, the eight-year-old proved too strong for the France Lui trained Lucky Bubbles, second, with last year's winner Peniaphobia, from the Tony Cruz stable, running third.
Racing in Hong Kong is governed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club with meetings held at Sha Tin Racecourse and Happy Valley Racecourse. The Sha Tin track is home to the Hong Kong Sprint and was first built in 1978.
|Date:||Sunday 10th December 2017|
|Track:||Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong|
|Race Type:||3yo & Up|
|Prizemoney:||HK$15,000,000 (app $1.9M AUS)|
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The Hong Kong Sprint was was first run in 1999 and has grown into a very high class affair, attracting the very best sprinters from around the world. Originally a 1000m race until 2006, the feature sprint increased to the 1200m distance it is raced at today.
The Hong Kong Sprint was afforded Group One status in 2002 and has been taken out by some of the world's best sprinters in that time. Quality gallopers such as Lord Kanaloa (2012-2013), Sacred Kingdom (2007 & 2009), Silent Witness (2003-2004) and Falvelon (2000-01) have all won this race since inception.
Aerovelocity (2016 & 2014) finished third in the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint over 1200m at Sha Tin prior to winning this event for the second time in three years and recent Hong Kong Sprint winners include Peniaphobia (2015) Lord Kanaloa (2012-2013).
The Hong Kong Sprint is the final leg of the 'Global Sprint Challenge' which is a thoroughbred horse racing series of ten sprint races run in Hong Kong, Australia, England, Japan, Dubai and Singapore.
The Australian legs of the series are the Gr1 Lightning Stakes held at Flemington in January and the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic held on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington in November.
Gr1 Lightning Stakes - Flemington - Australia - January
Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen - Chukyo - Japan - March
Gr1 Dubai Golden Shaheen - Meydan - Dubai - March
Gr1 Kris Flyer International Sprint - Kranji - Singapore - May
Gr1 King's Stand Stakes - Royal Ascot - England - June
Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes - Royal Ascot - England - June
Gr1 July Cup - Newmarket - England - July
Gr1 Sprinters Stakes - Nakayama - Japan - October
Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic - Flemington - Australia - November
Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint - Sha Tin - Hong Kong - December
The Champion Sprinter trophy is awarded to the connections of the horse that accumulates 42 points or more in a single season, and participates in challenge races in at least three countries.
Challenge winners since the Global Series inception have been Cape of Good Hope (2005), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007), Apache Cat (2008), Scenic Blast (2009), Starsspangledbanner (2010).
1. $8.50 Aerovelocity 57.0 Z Purton
2. $3.20 Lucky Bubbles 57.0 B Prebble
3. $12.00 Peniaphobia 57.0 S de Sousa
4. $7.90 Amazing Kids 57.0 J Moreira
5. $100.00 Signs Of Blessing 57.0 S Pasquier
6. $26.00 Takedown 57.0 T Clark
7. $10.90 Not Listenin'Tome 57.0 H Bowman
8. $100.00 Super Jockey 57.0 K Teetan
9. $57.00 Strathmore 57.0 N Callan
10. $8.00 Big Arthur 57.0 R Moore
11. $82.00 Rebel Dane 57.0 B Melham
12. $17.00 Red Falx 57.0 M Demuro
13. $100.00 Growl 57.0 G Lee
Margins: Short Head, 3/4 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 race days 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.
The following Group 1 races are held on International Race Day:
Classy Australian sprinter Falvelon won this race in consecutive years in 2000-01 when it was a 1000m event and champion sprinter Apache Cat ran a solid race for third in 2008.
The Tony Noonan trained Ortensia represented Australia in the 2010 Hong Kong Sprint and she got to the line strongly to finish less then two lengths from the winner.
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|2016||Aerovelocity||Zac Purton||Paul O'Sullivan||1:08.8|
|2014||Aerovelocity||Zac Purton||Paul O'Sullivan||1:08.5|
|2013||Lord Kanaloa||Yasunari Iwata||Takayuki Yasuda||1:08.2|
|2012||Lord Kanaloa||Yasunari Iwata||Takayuki Yasuda||1:08.5|
|2011||Lucky Nine||Brett Prebble||Caspar Fownes||1:08.9|
|2010||J J The Jet Plane||Peter Strydom||Michael Houdalakis||1.08.8|
|2009||Sacred Kingdom||Brett Prebble||P F Yiu||1.09.1|
|2008||Inspiration||Darren Beadman||John Moore||1:08.6|
|2007||Sacred Kingdom||Gerald Mosse||Ricky Yiu||1:08.4|
|2006||Absolute Champion||Brett Prebble||David Hall||1:07.8|
|2005||Natural Blitz||Glyn Schofield||Derek Cruz||0:57.6|
|2004||Silent Witness||Felix Coetzee||Tony Cruz||0:56.8|
|2003||Silent Witness||Felix Coetzee||Tony Cruz||0:56.5|
|2002||All Thrills Too||Gerald Mosse||David Hayes||0:56.4|
|2001||Falvelon||Damien Oliver||Danny Bougoure||0:57.0|
|2000||Falvelon||Damien Oliver||Danny Bougoure||0:56.7|
|1999||Fairy King Prawn||Steven King||Ricky Yiu||0:56.5|