An International Event with a Tradition
She presented the QE II Cup trophy at Sha Tin racecourse.
Trainer Gerry Ng Chi Lam also talked with the Queen in the Parade Ring.
The specially featured race was won by the 20-1 outsider Forever Gold (by Whistling Deer).
It is an English Private Purchase owned by Mr & Mrs E C Lowe.
Trained by Gordon Smyth.
Ridden by Chinese Jockey Tony P H Chan.
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).
1975-05-05 the QE II Cup was inaugurated to commemorate the Royal Visit to Hong Kong by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. at the Happy Valley Racecourse, held a distance of 1575 meters on sand.
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 and onwards, HKJC has set up a bonus, HK $ one million . If any horse can win one of the Hong Kong International Races (Hong Kong Cup / Hong Kong Mile / Hong Kong Vase / Hong Kong Sprint), and take away the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup in the same racing season, the horse owner can obtain this additional money .
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.
2011, Prize money for the race increases 280 times
HALL OF FAME
|JOCKEYS winning the QE II Cup twice (with the latest shown at the top)
* The QE II Cup has become an international event since that season.
TRAINERS winning the QE II Cup twice or more (with the latest shown at the top)
*The QE II Cup was first run that season.
OWNERS winning the QE II Cup twice (with the latest shown at the top)
* The QE II Cup was first run that season.
South African Jockeys and Trainers have remarkable records with this trophy race.
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.
Acknowledgement to Mr Peter YUEN for supplying data.
Acknowledgement to Mr T H BARMA for supplying photos.