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.
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.
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.
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|
|1991||RIVER VERDON (Ire)||HK|
|1993||ROMANEE CONTI (NZ)||NZ|
|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|
|2004||ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (IRE)||IRELAND|
|2005||VENGEANCE OF RAIN (NZ)||HK|
|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|
After years of hard working, Hong Kong Cup has became the climax of the International Races which are the climax of the racing season.
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.