OUR MEMORIES
International Races – Hong Kong Cup



INTRODUCTION

 

1869, there was an interesting record that the Hong Kong Cup was won by Mr Bisnee’s HAVANNAH, at the same Annual Race Meeting “who also won the Parsee Cup” the Shanghai Cup and the Fakei Cup.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Ater the professionalization of Hong Kong racing, its internationalization policy introduced the new Hong Kong Cup.

 

Global Honor

 

Firstly, the Hong Kong Cup revived as the Hong Kong Invitation Cup.
Then, it gradually became the most prestigious race in Hong Kong racing in front of the Internation racing platform.

 

 

 

RECORDS

 

 

The 1980’s

 

1988-01-24_4, the race was an 1800m event and was restricted to local horses and horses from Malaysia and Singapore by invitation only.

 

This first race was won by FLYING DANCER, who was backed at 5:1 in a small field of 12 horses.

 

FLYING DANCER took the lead in the last 100m and won with a 1 1/4 length margin.

 

1989-01-29_5, the 2nd running was won with a short-head by COLONIAL CHIEF (BE172) from Singapore.
The trainer I W Allan Alla became Hong Kong champion trainer after he established his stable at Sha Tin.
The jockey was Tony Cruz who was champion jockey also.

 

1989-12-17_5, the winner was GREY INVADER (odds 73);the trophy races fixed to be held in mid-December thereafter with an exception of 1992 due to virus.
It was the 3rd running of Hong Kong Cup expanded it’s international list to include horses from Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

The 1990’s

 

Horses from Europe were added to the invitation list. Horses from the USA being added in 1991, and horses from Japan and Canada were included in 1992. The list of invitational countries has grown to include others such as the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

1n 1993, the Hong Kong Invitation Cup earned International group 3 status and was renamed the Hong Kong International cup to mark this momentous occasion. The cup was then upgraded to a Group 2 status in 1994.

The Hong Kong International Cup was again re-named in 1999 to the Hong Kong Cup, and became the first horse race in Hong Kong to be awarded with a full International Group 1 status. The Hong Kong Cup also became the final leg of the World series Racing Championship, and the race’s distance was increased from 1800m to 2000m.

 

The 2000’s

In 2003 history was made once again with champion FALBRAV providing some amazing sparks on the track. Trainer Luca Cumani remarked “It was fantastic, it was like watching SEA BISCUIT” after watching the run.

In 2004 the race was re-named as the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup after a three-year partnership was announced with the title sponsor, Cathay Pacific.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

Winners of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup

 

Year Horse Name Represent Country
1988 FLYING DANCER (NZ) HK
1989 COLONIAL CHIEF (NZ) SIN
1989 GREY INVADER (NZ) NZ
1990 KESSEM (NZ) NZ
1991 RIVER VERDON (Ire) HK
1993 ROMANEE CONTI (NZ) NZ
1993 MOTIVATION (Arg) HK
1994 STATE TAJ (USA) AUS
1995 FUJIYAMA KENZAN (JPN) JAPAN
1996 FIRST ISLAND (GB) GB
1997 VAL’S PRINCE (USA) USA
1998 MIDNIGHT BET (USA) JAPAN
1999 JIM AND TONIC (FR) FRANCE
2000 FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA) UAE
2001 AGNES DIGITAL (USA) JAPAN
2002 PRECISION (FR) HK
2003 FALBRAV (IRE) GB
2004 ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (IRE) IRELAND
2005 VENGEANCE OF RAIN (NZ) HK
2006 PRIDE (FR) FR
2007 RAMONTI (FR) UAE
2008 EAGLE MOUNTAIN (GB) SAF
2009 VISION D’ETAT (FR) FR
2010 SNOW FAIRY (GB) GB
2011 CALIFORNIA MEMORY (USA) HK
2012 CALIFORNIA MEMORY (USA) HK
2013 AKEED MOFEED (GB) HK
2014 DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) HK
2015 A SHIN HIKARI (JAP) JPN
2016-12-11 A SHIN HIKARI (JAP) N Hori, R Moore JPN

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY

 

 

After years of hard working, Hong Kong Cup has became the climax of the International Races which are the climax of the racing season.

 

Prestigious Prize

 

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup has become the richest race in the world.

 

It reached a prize pool of HK$20 million (US$2.3 million).

 

The purse for the race is 12 times higher then when the race was firstly run in 1988.

 

 

 

REFERENCE

 

Until the winnings of CALIFORNIA MEMORY, there had no successive combination of runner, trainer or jockey.

 

 

 

 

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