1925-07-06, American Club was established and located in Rutton House on Duddell Street.
It was held to celebrate the accomplishment of the American Club members in Hong Kong.
It was, and still is, the only time when a trophy run has been competed by a field of one in Hong Kong racing history.
1930s, crimson jacket and yellow cap color representing a legendary tycoon owner, Eu Tong Sen.
1937, his griffin CAMERONIAN was imported but never raced in the first year.
Then its connections revealed interest to start again in the American Club Cup the following day.
In that era of racing, declarations were closed just half an hour prior to the start of any race.
Usually horses were entered in three or four events in a day, and decisions to run them in which races were often made very close to post time.
Owners and trainers of most entries decided to shun the event and opted for other races on the card, resulting in only one acceptor when the declaration box was opened.
1938-02-22 Tuesday race 7, American Club Cup was featured on the third day of the five-day Annual Race Meeting.
Charlie Encarnacao the popular gentleman rider was destined to score 4 winners,
So Encarnacao and CAMERONIAN officially won the race by a ritual walk past the post.
Obviously with all betting closed on such an one-runner “race’.
The episode may seem interesting to others, but members of the then American Club most definitely felt slighted,
it came as no surprise when the trophy was withdrawn from the next year on.
After one World War and nearly a quarter of a century’s lapse in time span before the sentiment was over,
1961, the legendary race was restored and reappeared as American Club Challenge Cup thereafter.
|Race Date||Hor.No.||Horse Name||Jockey||Trainer||Owner||Loca.||Dist.||R.Time|
|1979-10-06||AM033||SENSATION||G W Moore||Moore G.||Mr & Mrs Hui Sai Fun||HV||0975||0.57.80|
|1980-10-04||AN069||MICHAEL HARDEY||A S Cruz||Metrevelli N.||John Jorrocks||ST||1200||1.12.20|
|1981-10-03||AM158||ROCKAWAY||T O Lau||Chan A.||Loh Chou Sung||HV||1235||1.16.30|
|1982-10-09||AM144||WONDERFUL||W T Leung||Cheung H.M.||Chong Lap Fu||ST||1200||1.11.70|
|1983-10-08||AT128||SHI SHAN||C M Cheng||Cheng T.C.||Don Wing Liang||HV||1650||1.40.10|
|1984-10-06||AS067||CAPITA||P H Chan||Kent D.||Chu Poon Shin||HV||1800||1.56.00|
|1985-10-12||BA066||CHAMPION JOKER||B Raymond||Kan P.C.||Wong Kwoon Chung & Partners||HV||1650||1.41.70|
|1986-10-18||BA041||TOP HARVEST||K L Tsui||Chan A.||Luk Hing Too||HV||1575||1.41.20|
|1987-10-10||BA026||CELESTIAL STAR||A Murray||Oughton D.||Chinese Recreation Club Syndicate||HV||0975||0.56.30|
|1988-10-09||BD028||SUPER BINGO||W Woods||Fownes L.||J N Harilela||ST||1200||1.11.10|
|1989-10-07||BD095||DIAMOND HEAD||N Barker||Moore J.||J W Stewart||HV||1650||1.42.30|
|1990-10-07||BE040||REAL FORTUNE||T Ives||Wong T.P.||Sun Kai Ming||ST||1000||0.58.40|
|1992-10-03||BG389||TARNSIDE TURBO||K L Tsui||Kam K.T.||Tony S K Wong & Steve Yu Siu Lung||HV||1800||1.49.90|
|1993-10-03||BK205||SURE WIN KING||R Romero||Ng T.K.||Thomas Chan Hung Mau||ST||1400||1.22.70|
|1994-10-02||BK055||NEW LEAF||A S Cruz||Cruz D.||Chao An Chung & William Chao Hang Man||ST||1900||1.58.40|
|1995-10-01||BM164||WINNING SPIRIT||B Marcus||Allan I.W.||Hsu Lap Foo & Dr Michael Mok Hing Hung||ST||1200||1.09.80|
|1996-09-28||BL186||SUGARLOAF||K M Chin||Moore J.||Elsa Wong Yuen Mee||ST||1400||1.23.50|
|1997-09-27||BJ273||NOBLE DANCER||W Woods||Fownes L.||Andrew Ko, Tse Sem Wo & Nissim Tse||ST||1400||1.22.70|
|1998-10-04||BJ161||NORTHERN FIRE BALL||D Whyte||Wong T.P.||Mr & Mrs Chiu Wan Kee||ST||1900||1.57.70|
|1999-10-03||BP109||WASABI||K H Yu||Yiu P.F.||Eddy Ho Kwong Chung||HV||1650||1.41.60|
|2000-09-23||T182||CHARMING CITY||Y T Cheng||Hayes D.A.||Ling Chiu Shing||ST||1000||0.55.80|
|2001-09-22||A086||OUR CLASS||F Coetzee||Cruz A.S.||Ricky Yeung Chiu Sing||ST||1000||0.56.60|
|2002-09-04||B282||THE DUKE||W C Marwing||Fownes L.||Eddie Junior Yau||HV||1200||1.10.00|
|2003-09-10||B236||FLYING GENERAL||C K Tong||Allan I.W.||Perfect Club Syndicate||HV||1000||0.56.50|
|2004-09-15||B232||JOLLY GAINS||D Whyte||Man K.L.||Focal Syndicate||HV||1000||0.56.70|
|2005-09-14||E135||SUNNY SING||M Rodd||Moore J.||Matthew Wong Leung Pak||HV||1000||0.57.00|
|2006-09-27||G011||FLORAL PEGASUS||C K Tong||Cruz A.S.||Jacky Chan Cheung Ming and Mr & Mrs Sammy Chan Cheong Yuk||HV||1650||1.38.70|
|2007-10-28||E188||CRUSADER OF GOLD||A Delpech||Ferraris D.E.||Winston Chow Wing Kin, Chow Chu May Ping, Raymond Gianco Chow Hon Man & the Executors of the Estate of the late Chow Nam||HV||1800||1.49.90|
|2008-10-19||H197||BULLISH WIN||E Saint-Martin||Cruz A.S.||Wong Wing Keung||HV||1650||1.41.71|
|2009-10-21||G202||ISLAND SPEED||K C Leung||Ng B.K.||Ng To||HV||1000||0.56.69|
|2010-10-20||L110||JUN DAO||Y T Cheng||Hall D.J.||Kwok Ho||HV||1000||0.57.29|
|2011-10-12||L391||OWNERS’ GLORY||D Beadman||Shum C.S.||HK Racehorse Owners Assn Syndicate||HV||1800||1.52.15|
|2012-10-24||N371||ENDOWING||D Whyte||Size J.||Ada Wong Yin Man||HV||2200||2.17.44|
|2013-10-09||N217||AMBASSADORSHIP||K Teetan||Yiu P F||David Sin Wai Kin||HV||1800||1.50.49|
|2014-11-19||L183||RIDE WITH THE WIND||C Y Ho||K W Lui||Eddie Ho Ping Chang & Alexander Ho Wing Wah||HV||1800||1.50.25|
|2015-11-11||T011||COUNTRY MELODY||J Moreira||J Size||HK Country Club Racing Syndicate||HV||1000||0.57.35|
|2016-10-19||T426||VICTORY MARVEL||C Schofield||C Fownes||See Wai Keung||HV||1200||1.10.37|
|2017-11-08||A079||FANTASTIC EIGHT||U Rispoli||P F Yiu||UNO Eight Syndicate||HV||1200||1.09.56|
1970s, after the professionalization of Hong Kong racing record:
The Most Winning Trainer:
J Moore 4 times
The Most Winning Jockey:
D Whyte 3 times
975 – 2200 has been run as racing distance.
1986-10-18, so far was the only race on sand, all the rest were raced on turf.
1938-02-23, incidentally, Cameronian went on to win the Tyro Stakes again in his next race, held on the fourth day of that Annual Race Meeting,
thus became the Winner of three races in three race days.