An International Event with a Tradition
The Race With Royalty and Elegance
Prior to 1997 it was run at 2,200 metres (eleven furlongs). Sponsored by renowned Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet since 1999, it currently offers a purse of HK$14 million (US$1.8 million).
The win by outsider NAZAKAT gave the race an international flavour, since the winning owner, Mr & Mrs H T Barma, were Hong Kong Indian residents, the trainer, H M Cheung, was local Chinese, and the jockey, A K Cheam, was Singaporean.
About 40,000 people were at Happy Valley for the race.
The 20-1 outsider was owned by Mr & Mrs E C Lowe and trained by G Smyth and ridden by P H Chan.
1999 and there-after, it has been sponsored by renowned Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet
2000, HKJC offered a special prize of HK$1 million for any winner of Q E Cup with another International races trophy.
2001 and there-after, Audemars Piguet QE II Cup entered International Group I.
2002, gained inclusion in the former World Racing Championships (former World Series Racing Championship) .
The first winner of the bonus was Japanese contender EISHIN PRESTON, who defeated another Japanese horse, AGNES DIGITAL, by half a length to win the Cup, after capturing the Hong Kong Mile (International G1-1600M) four months earlier.
2006, race saw IRRIDESCENCE upset the great filly and European Horse of the Year, OUIJA BOARD. Since becoming a Group One race in 2001, every winner of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup has been a descendant of NORTHERN DANCER.
The former World Racing Championships (former World Series Racing Championship) has not been held thereafter.
2008, the total Prize money of Q E Cup was HK$14,000,000
2010, AMBITIOUS DRAGON was th first winner landing the Derby and Q E Cup in the same racing season.
2011, Prize money for the race increases 280 times.
|1975-05-05||A K Cheam||NAZAKAT||H M Cheung||Mr & Mrs H T Barma||1575|
|1976-02-14||G W Moore||SUPER WIN||G Moore||Mrs Chan Chiu Sheung||1800|
|1977-02-12||L Fox||WING TAKE||M K Tam||Lambert Kwok||1650|
|1977-11-26||R Setches||NAZAKAT||H M Cheung||Mr & Mrs H T Barma||1800|
|1979-04-21||K L Man||GO-GETTER||A Chan||The Hon Oswald Cheung – R J Arculli||1600|
|1980-04-21||D Brosnan||ALLEGRO||M K Tam||J L C Pearce||1600|
|1981-04-25||K Moses||CLASSIC BOY||R Burns||T C Lu||1600|
|1982-04-21||P Paquet||ALEX FLYER||E Collingwood||Ho Sun Wing||1400|
|1983-04-27||A S Cruz||FIRE BALL||T P Wong||Mr & Mrs Chiu Wan Kee||1600|
|1984-04-25||A S Cruz||YAU WAI||T P Wong||The Executors of the Estate of the late Fok Po Shang||1400|
|1985-04-21||D Brosnan||CHAMPION JOKER||P C Kan||Wong Kwoon Chung & Partners||1800|
|1986-04-19||G Palmer||POWERHOUSE||L Fownes||Norbert Shanks||2000|
|1986-10-22||P H Chan||FOREVER GOLD||G Smyth||Mr & Mrs E C Lowe||1600|
|1988-04-24||P H Chan||TOP GRADE||K C Lo||Cheng Yu Tung||1600|
|1989-04-22||B Thomson||STAR MARK||P C Kan||Mr & Mrs Patrick Y Au-Yeung||1600|
|1990-04-21||N Tiley||QUICKEN AWAY||B K Ng||Lo Sing Pui||1600|
|1991-04-21||B Thomson||GALWAY||P C Kan||Samuel Wong Ping Wai||1800|
|1992-04-18||B Marcus||RIVER VERDON||D Hill||Sir Oswald Cheung – The Hon Ronald Arculli||1600|
|1993-04-24||J Marshall||MUHIM||D Hill||Joseph Chan Shu Chuen||1800|
|1994-04-02||M Kinane||DEERFIELD||N Begg||Edmond Yue Kwok Yin||1800|
|1995-04-01||M Kinane||RED BISHOP||HA Ibrahim||Ali Saeed Bilhab||2200|
|1996-04-14||L Dettori||OVERBURY||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin||2200|
|1997-04-13||D Whyte||LONDON NEWS||A Laird||Mr & Mrs Laurence Jaffee||2000|
|1998-04-19||D Whyte||ORIENTAL EXPRES||I W Allan||Larry C K Yung||2000|
|1999-04-18||G Mosse||JIM AND TONIC||F Doumen||J D Martin & R Barby||2000|
|2000-04-15||A Munro||INDUSTRIALIST||P C Kan||Albert Hu Si Nok & Peter Wong Yau Ming||2000|
|2001-04-22||Andreas Suborics||SILVANO||Andreas Wöhler||Stiftung Gestüt Fährhof||2000|
|2002-04-21||Yuichi Fukunaga||EISHIN PRESTON||Shuji Kitahashi||Toyomitsu Hirai||2000|
|2003-04-27||Yuichi Fukunaga||EISHIN PRESTON||Shuji Kitahashi||Toyomitsu Hirai||2000|
|2004-04-25||Glyn Schofield||RIVER DANCER||John Size||Ronald Arculli||2000|
|2005-04-24||Anthony Delpech||VENGEANCE OF RAIN||David E. Ferraris||Chow Nam & R. G. Chow Hon Man||2000|
|2006-04-23||Weichong Marwing||IRRIDESCENCE||Mike de Kock||Team Valor||2000|
|2007-04-29||Michael Kinane||VIVA PATACA||John Moore||Stanley Ho Hung-Sun||2000|
|2008-04-27||Kevin Shea||ARCHIPENKO||Mike de Kock||Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum||2000|
|2009-04-26||Ryan Moore||PRESVIS||Luca Cumani||Leonidas Marinopoulos||2000|
|2010-04-25||Weichong Marwing||VIVA PATACA||John Moore||Stanley Ho Hung-Sun||2000|
|2011-05-01||Douglas Whyte||AMBITIOUS DRAGON||A.T. Millard||Lam Pui Hung||2000|
|2012-04-29||Umberto Rispoli||RULERSHIP||Katsuhiko Sumii||Sunday Racing Co Ltd||2000|
|2013-04-28||Tommy Berry||MILITARY ATTACK||John Moore||Mr & Mrs Steven Lo Kit Sing||2000|
|2014-04-27||Tommy Berry||DESIGNS ON ROME||John Moore||Cheng Keung Fai||2000|
|2015-04-26||N Callan||BLAZING SPEED||A S Cruz||Fentons Racing Syndicate||2000|
|2016-04-24||H Bowman||WERTHER||J Moore||Johnson Chen||2000|
|2017-04-30||J Moreira||NEOREALISM||N Hori||Carrot Farm Co Ltd||2000|
|2018-04-29||W Buick||PAKISTAN STAR||A S Cruz||Kerm Din||2000|
Many top-class champions including Vengeance of Rain, Irridescence, Viva Pataca and Archipenko have all continued to build their reputations after taking the APQEII Cup.