Hong Kong Cup

The Hong Kong Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Hong Kong which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run over a distance of 2000 metres (about ​1 14 miles or 10 furlongs) at Sha Tin, and it is scheduled to take place each year in mid December.

Longines Hong Kong Cup
Group 1 race
LocationSha Tin Racecourse
Hong Kong
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
WebsiteHong Kong Jockey Club
Race information
Distance2,000 metres (​1 14 miles or 10 furlongs)
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight123 lb (3y); 126 lb (4y+)
4 lb for fillies and mares
PurseHK$28,000,000 (2018)

The race was first run on 24 January 1988, and its distance was initially set at 1800 metres.[citation needed] The inaugural running was restricted to horses trained in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Added to this list for the following season were horses from Australia and New Zealand. The race was switched to December for its third running, therefore taking place twice within 1989. Horses trained in Europe were admitted in 1990, followed by those from the United States in 1991, and Canada and Japan in 1992. The distance was increased to its present length, 2,000 metres, in 1999. Also at this time the race was promoted to Group 1 status.

The Hong Kong Cup is one of the four Hong Kong International Races, and it presently offers a purse of HK$25,000,000 in 2014/15(approximately US$3.23 million), making not just the richest race in Hong Kong and also the richest 2000 metre Turf race in the world.


Speed record: (at present distance of 2,000 metres)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 – Godolphin (2000, 2007), Howard Liang Yum Shing (2011,2012)


1988 Flying Dancer Hong Kong 5 Bartie Leisher Brian Kan Ping-chee Lim Por-yen 1:48.60 Top Grade / Yuno When
1989 Colonial Chief Singapore 4 Tony Cruz Ivan W. Allan Promise Stable 1:49.30 Top Grade / Stingray
1989 Grey Invader New Zealand 4 Gary Stewart Alvin Clark E. J. Johnson et al. 1:48.00 Latitude / St James
1990 Kessem New Zealand 5 Kevin Moses Brian Smith B. Duncan et al. 1:48.40 Livistona Lane / Colonial Chief
1991 River Verdon Hong Kong 4 Gérald Mossé David Hill Cheung / Arculli 1:49.80 Prudent Manner / Majestic Boy
1992 Romanee Conti [1] New Zealand 4 Greg Childs Laurie Laxon Peter & Philip Vela 1:48.20 Fraar / Charmonnier
1993 Motivation Hong Kong 5 John Marshall John Moore Mr & Mrs Hui Sai Fun 1:49.20 Verveine / Stark South
1994 State Taj Australia 5 Damien Oliver James L. Riley Neville Begg & Partners 1:48.40 River Majesty / Volochine
1995 Fujiyama Kenzan Japan 7 Masayoshi Ebina Hideyuki Mori Tatsuya Fujimoto 1:47.00 Ventiquattrofogli / Jade Age
1996 First Island UK 4 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg Mollers Racing 1:48.20 Seascay / Kingston Bay
1997 Val's Prince USA 5 Cash Asmussen James E. Picou Martin / Weiner 1:47.20 Oriental Express / Wixim
1998 Midnight Bet Japan 4 Hiroshi Kawachi Hiroyuki Nagahama Shadai Racehorse Co. Ltd. 1:46.90 Johan Cruyff / Almushtarak
1999 Jim and Tonic France 5 Gérald Mossé François Doumen John D. Martin 2:01.40 Running Stag / Lear Spear
2000 Fantastic Light UAE 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:02.20 Greek Dance / Jim and Tonic
2001 Agnes Digital Japan 4 Hirofumi Shii Toshiaki Shirai Takao Watanabe 2:02.80 Tobougg / Terre A Terre
2002 Precision Hong Kong 4 Michael Kinane David Oughton Wu Sai Wing 2:07.10 Paolini / Dano-mast
2003 Falbrav UK 5 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Sc. Rencati / Yoshida 2:00.90 Rakti / Elegant Fashion
2004 Alexander Goldrun Ireland 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Miriam O'Callaghan 2:03.30 Bullish Luck / Touch Of Land
2005 Vengeance of Rain Hong Kong 4 Anthony Delpech David E. Ferraris R. G. Chow Hon Man 2:04.50 Pride / Maraahel
2006 Pride France 6 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré NP Bloodstock Ltd 2:01.60 Admire Moon / Vengeance of Rain
2007 Ramonti UAE 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:02.80 Viva Pataca / Musical Way
2008 Eagle Mountain South Africa 4 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock M. bin K. Al Maktoum 2:00.92 Balius / Linngari
2009 Vision d'Etat France 4 Olivier Peslier Eric Libaud Detré / Libaud 2:01.86 Collection / Presvis
2010 Snow Fairy UK 3 Ryan Moore Ed Dunlop Anamoine Limited 2:02.94 Irian / Packing Winner
2011 California Memory Hong Kong 5 Matthew Chadwick Anthony S. Cruz Howard Liang Yum Shing 2:04.57 Irian / Zazou
2012 California Memory Hong Kong 6 Matthew Chadwick Anthony S. Cruz Howard Liang Yum Shing 2:03.09 Giofra / Alcopop
2013 Akeed Mofeed Hong Kong 4 Douglas Whyte Richard Gibson Pan Sutong 2:01.96 Tokei Halo / Cirrus des Aigles
2014 Designs On Rome Hong Kong 5 João Moreira John Moore Cheng Keung Fai 2:01.96 Military Attack / Criterion
2015 A Shin Hikari Japan 4 Yutaka Take Masanori Sakaguchi Eishindo Co Ltd 2:00.60 Nuovo Record / Blazing Speed
2016 Maurice Japan 5 Ryan Moore Noriyuki Hori Kazumi Yoshida 2:00.95 Secret Weapon / Staphanos
2017 Time Warp Hong Kong 4 Zac Purton Anthony S. Cruz Martin Siu Kim Sun 2:01.63 Werther / Neorealism
2018 Glorious Forever Hong Kong 4 Silvestre de Sousa Frankie Lor Michael Kwan Wing Lok 2:01.71 Deirdre / Time Warp
2019 Win Bright Japan 5 Masami Matsuoka Yoshihiro Hatakeyama Win Co Ltd 2:00.52 Magic Wand / Rise High
2020 Normcore Japan 5 Zac Purton Kiyoshi Hagiwara Seiichi Iketani 2:00.50 Win Bright / Magical

1 The "1992" race actually took place in April 1993 – it had been postponed in December due to an equine virus.

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