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Hong Kong Vase

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$15,000,000 and is one of the four major races to take place on Hong Kong International Race Day.

Brilliant Aidan O'Brien trained galloper Highland Reel bowed out of racing with his second Hong Kong Vase victory in three years after jockey Ryan Moore steered him to an exciting win. The dashing son of Galileo defeated Talismanic by 1.75 lengths with Tosen Basil a further 0.75 lengths away in third place.

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The Hong Kong Jockey Club governs racing in Hong Kong and has two racing tracks - Sha Tin Racecourse and Happy Valley Racecourse. The Hong Kong Mile is run at the Sha Tin track which was first built in 1978.

2017 Hong Kong Vase info

Date: Sunday 10th December 2017
Track: Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: 3yo & Up
Status: Group 1
Surface: Turf
Prizemoney: HK$15,000,000 (app $1.9M AUS)
2017 Winner: Highland Reel
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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$15,000,000 it has become a prestigious distance event on the Hong Kong racing calendar.

The Melbourne Cup has been a good guide to this race in recent years with Dunaden (2011) and Red Cadeaux (2012) winning the Hong Kong Vase after contesting the Flemington 2 mile race during the Melbourne spring racing carnival.

Satono Crown (2016) finished unplaced in the Gr1 Tenno Sho over 2000m at Tokyo in Japan before heading to Hong Kong to win this event and recent Hong Kong Vase winners include Highland Reel (2015) and Flintshire (2014).

Other International race day feature events include the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m),

Hong Kong Mile (1600m) and Hong Kong Cup (2000m) and

2017 Hong Kong Vase result

1. 3.10 Highland Reel 57.0 R Moore
2. 5.30 Talismanic 57.0 M Guyon
3. 9.40 Tosen Basil 57.0 J Moreira

then followed
4. 88.00 Chemical Charge 57.0 O Murphy
5. 9.10 Gold Mount 57.0 Z Purton
6. 43.00 Max Dynamite 57.0 G Schofield
7. 99.00 Smart Call 55.5 J Crowley
8. 14.00 Eagle Way 57.0 T Berry
9. 3.60 Kiseki 55.0 M Demuro
10. 99.00 Danehill Kodiac 57.0 S Levey
11. 13.00 Tiberian 57.0 O Peslier
12. 40.00 Helene Charisma 57.0 S Clipperton

Margins: 1.75 len, 0.75 len
Time: 2.26.23

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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 race days of thoroughbred racing in Asia and around the world.

Taking place in December each year, Hong Kong International Race Day offers more than HK$64,000,000 in total prozemoney on the day, which is around $8.2M Australian.

International Race Day features the following races:

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

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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Hong Kong Vase recent winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2017 Highland Reel Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2.26.2
2016 Santono Crown Joao Moreira Noriyuki Hori 2.26.2
2015 Highland Reel Flintshire Dariyan 2.28.4
2014 Flintshire Maxime Guyon Andre Fabre 2:29.8
2013 Dominant Zac Purdon John Moore 2:27.2
2012 Red Cadeaux Gerald Mosse Ed Dunlop 2:28.7
2011 Dunaden Craig Williams Mikel Delzangles 2:27.5
2010 Mastery Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2.27.6
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 Vase was postponed in December of that year due to an equine virus outbreak and the race was held the in April of 1993.