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.
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.
|Date:||Sunday 9th December 2018|
|Track:||Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong|
|Race Type:||3yo & Up|
|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
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
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
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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 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:
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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|2017||Highland Reel||Ryan Moore||Aidan O'Brien||2.26.2|
|2016||Santono Crown||Joao Moreira||Noriyuki Hori||2.26.2|
|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.