An Essential Event On The Itinerary Of The World’s Best Sprinters
Hong Kong Sprint is the newest among the four International races but being the most favorite among the local racing community.
INTRODUCTION & HISTORY
The Hong Kong Sprint 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 1,200 metres (about 6 furlongs) at Sha Tin, and it is scheduled to take place each year in December.
|1999-12-12||FAIRY KING PRAWN||4||Steven King||Ricky Yiu||Philip Lau Sak-Hong||00:56.5|
|2000-12-17||FALVELON||4||Damien Oliver||Danny Bougoure||Dawn Falvey et al.||00:56.7|
|2001-12-16||FALVELON||5||Damien Oliver||Danny Bougoure||Dawn Falvey et al.||00:57.0|
|2002-12-15||ALL THRILLS TOO||5||Gérald Mossé||David Hayes||Alan Lam Man Bun||00:56.4|
|2003-12-14||SILENT WITNESS||4||Felix Coetzee||Tony Cruz||Archie & Betty da Silva||00:56.5|
|2004-12-12||SILENT WITNESS||5||Felix Coetzee||Tony Cruz||Archie & Betty da Silva||00:56.8|
|2005-12-11||NATURAL BLITZ||5||Glyn Schofield||Derek Cruz||Lam Yin Kee||00:57.6|
|2006-12-10||ABSOLUTE CHAMPION||5||Brett Prebble||David Hall||Eddie Wong Ming Chak||01:07.8|
|2007-12-09||SACRED KINGDOM||4||Gérald Mossé||Ricky Yiu||Sin Kang Yuk||01:08.4|
|2008-12-14||INSPIRATION||5||Darren Beadman||John Moore||Mr & Mrs Hui Sai Fun||01:08.7|
|2009-12-13||SACRED KINGDOM||6||Brett Prebble||Ricky Yiu||Sin Kang Yuk||01:09.2|
|2010-12-12||J J THE JET PLANE||6||Peter Strydom||Lucky Houdalakis||HSN du Preez, CF Strydom, L Houdalakis, CD Boyens||01:08.8|
|2011-12-11||LUCKY NINE||4||Brett Prebble||Casper Fownes||Dr Chang Fuk To & Maria Chang Lee Ming Shum||01:09.0|
|2012-12-09||LORD KANALOA||4||Yasunari Iwata||Takayuki Yasuda||Lord Horse Club||01:08.5|
|2013-12-08||LORD KANALOA||5||Yasunari Iwata||Takayuki Yasuda||Lord Horse Club||01:08.3|
|2014-12-14||AEROVELOCITY||6||Zac Purton||Paul O’Sullivan||Daniel Yeung Ngai||01:08.6|
|2015-12-13||PENIAPHOBIA||5||J Moreira||A S Cruz||Huang Kai Wen||01.08.74|
|2016-12-11||AEROVELOCITY||5||Z Purton||P O’Sullivan||Daniel Yeung Ngai||01.08.80|
|2017-12-10||MR STUNNING||5||N Rawiller||J Size||Maurice Koo Win Chong||01.08.40|
2001-12-16 FALVELON defeating American speedster MORLUC by narrow margins with Damien Oliver in the saddle again.
2002-12-15 ALL THRILLS TOO, ridden by Gerald Mosse,won over fellow HK runner FIREBOLT.
2003-12-14 SILENT WITNESS‘ reign at the world’s leading turf sprinter by defeating NATIONAL CURRENCY of South africa.
2005-12-11 NATURAL BLITZ to defy odds of over 27/1.
2006-12-10 ABSOLUTE CHAMPION won after the patience and treatment by trainer David Hall.
2008-12-14 INSPIRATION led home an almighty shock Hong Kong quinella.
2009-12-13 SACRED KINGDOM, upheld local dominance by regaining the title.
2010-12-12 J J THE JET PLANE of South Africa, ridden by P Strydom had his epic win over ROCKET MAN.
The event is now the final leg in the nine race Global Sprint Challenge series, preceded by The Age Classic.
1999, Ricky Yiu the first Chinese trainer to score the International Group Race.
2004, SILENT WITNESS with the13th win in his career, shortly after the race, got Time Magazine listed him as one of the ‘People Who Mattered’ An introduction read: “Yes, he’s a horse. But don’t hold that against him….”
2005, Derek Cruz snared the first Group I win of his career by NATURAL BLITZ .
2005, the first five past the post were representatives of Hong Kong.
2006, ABSOLUTE CHAMPION destroyed the field by over four lengths in track record time.
2009, SACRED KINGDOM, absent in 2008, upheld local dominance by regaining the title.
2010, J J THE JET PLANE broke the eighth straight season for the winner to be based at Sha Tin.