Hong Kong International Races
(香港國際賽事) are the most prestigious horse races in Hong Kong
. The event consists of 4 races which are run annually in mid-December at Sha Tin Racecourse
. It is hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club
and has been sponsoring by Cathay Pacific Airways
since 2004. The event is televised around the globe. In 2006, the total purse was HKD62million.
1989 marked the start of the Hong Kong Cup, which was initially called Hong Kong Invitation Cup and restricted to horses from Singapore
and Hong Kong. The first winner was Flying Dancer
, owned by Lim Por Yen
and trained by Ping Chee Kan
The race quickly gained attention and was gradually opened to horses from other countries. Starting in 1991 other races were added to the program and today horses from all over the world compete in the event.
Hong Kong Cup
The Hong Kong Cup
is the world’s richest turf race over 2000m and was the finale of the now defunct World Racing Championships
from 1999 to 2005.
Hong Kong Mile
The Hong Kong Mile
has a prize money of HK$20 million. The race was first run in 1991 to mark the staging of the 22nd Asian Racing Conference
, and was run over 1400m. From 1999 it was renamed Hong Kong Mile and run over 1600m. It became the World's richest mile race in 2002.
Hong Kong Vase
The Hong Kong Vase
was introduced in 1994. It is run over 2400m and has a purse of HK$14 million.
Hong Kong Sprint
The Hong Kong Sprint
was debuted in 1999 and was... Read More