Races Of Patent; Games Of Assent
Most of the Governors regularly donated cups in the history of Hong Kong racing.
There were Plenipotentiary’s Cup before the Governor‘s Cup.
Almost half of the trophy winners were ponies, because the Governor’s Cup was for China ponies.
The Plenipotentiary’s Cup, first presented by the Governor, Sir John Davis.
It became the principal race at all the early Hong Kong meetings.
It was because Governors usually presented the trophy to the champions personally.
The records tell of the Robinson Challenge Cup (for subscription griffins), presented by His Excellency Sir William Robinson.
The trophy became the Blake Challenge Cup when Sir Henry Blake came out.
Sir Paul Chater’s string numbered fifteen ponies, seven were his first crop of successful DAHLIAS. Among them they won eleven races.
MONARCH DAHLIA landed the Racing Stakes and the Governor’s Cup.
Before the war, the last Governor’s Cup ever was held at the Fanling Hunt and Race Club in the New Territories, Hongkong.
Presented by Sir Geoffry Northcote, it was won by Mrs Butcher’s MARCH BROWN.
After World War II, the Governor’s Cup had been discontinued for a few decade.
1947-01-13 the first post-War Annual was held on January 13, 14 and 18 — there was no Governor’s Cup nor Garrison Cup.
1974-1975 season, the Governor‘s Cup re-appeared under the patronage of Sir Murray Maclehose.
The handsome silver trophy with elegant ears and a fluted lid is a replica of The Eglinton Hunt Cup Steeplechase trophy made in London in 1796, during the rein of King George III.
The distance was measured in meters of 1650 for Class 1 horses.
Winner SUPER WIN, ridden by Gary Moore, snapped away $23,125 from competitor SUN LORD ($9,250), ridden by Gary’s brother, John Moore.
|1985-01-30||J K S Ho||FAIRY TALE||T L Lee||1800||AV108||Yeung Kwok Hing|
|1985-12-18||G W Moore||ASIAN SPLENDOR||J Moore||1800||AV014||Sidney Wong, David Wong|
|1987-02-11||A S Cruz||WILLIAMSBURG||H F Lam||1235||BB144||Ma Hay Yan|
|1987-12-23||B Compton||GOLD APPLE||J Moore||1235||BC010||Quo Wei Lee|
|1988-12-21||P Leyshan||PRIDE OF HONG KONG||G Lane||1650||BE076||Mr & Mrs B K Murjani|
|1989-12-20||K H Ting||JOEY||P C Kan||0975||AT144||Lim Por Yen|
|1991-02-27||B Thomson||MONEYLAND||P C Kan||1650||BG317||Cheung Wah Fung|
|1992-01-08||D Brereton||MONEY HORSE||G Lane||1235||BG374||Young Shiu Hong|
|1993-03-17||J Marshall||SAGAR||B Hutchison||2100||BK052||B N Harilela|
|1994-03-16||J Marshall||SURVEY KING||J Moore||1650||BK072||Mak Kang Hoi|
|1995-01-11||J Marshall||HAPPY HUNTING||D Hill||1235||BM025||Laurence Pang Chak Tong|
|1996-02-07||M Kinane||LEGITIMATE||D Oughton||1800||BM240||Good Fortune Syndicate|
|1997-01-08||A Marcus||GRASSLAND STAR||P C Kan||1000||BL108||Chau Kam Chuen|
By then racing at the Jockey Club had become professional, thoroughbreds were raced, and were divided into 8 classes with the best in Class 1.
1997-01-08 was the last running of the Governor‘s Cup in the 1996-1997 season.
1997-09-06 the traditional event was followed by the 1997-1998 season running of the HKSAR Chief Executive Cup.
By that time, Hong Kong was transformed from a British Colony to a Special Administrative Region of China.
MARCH BROWN, or Rhithrogena germanica, is the most famous of all British mayflies used in fly fishing.
Acknowledgement to Mr. Bernard Yiu and HKJC Racing Registr.