30/11/2019. Longines Hong Kong International Races, december 8, Sha Tin – Frankie Dettori Longines World’s Best Jockey –

With a total purse of HK$28 million, the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup is currently the richest race in Hong Kong and one of the most lucrative 2000m turf races in the world. It is also the centrepiece of Hong Kong’s biggest international sporting event.

The initial incarnation of the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup took place at Sha Tin Racecourse back in 1988, an 1800m heat open to raiders from Singapore and Malaysia and billed as the Hong Kong Invitation Cup. Flying Dancer prevailed for home trainer Brian Kan and jockey Bartie Leisher.

The race attained international Group 3 status in December 1993 and was further upgraded to international Group 2 status the following year. The big breakthrough came in 1999 when the Hong Kong International Cup was renamed the Hong Kong Cup and became the first Hong Kong race to be designated an international Group 1.

Champions from across the globe have their names etched on the honour roll: Fantastic Light, Falbrav, Alexander Goldrun, Vengeance Of Rain, Pride, Ramonti, Vision D’Etat, Snow Fairy, California Memory, Designs On Rome, A Shin Hikari, Maurice, Time Warp, and last year’s winner Glorious Forever, stand out.

Past 10 Winners

Year Horse Name Country Trainer Jockey  
2018 GLORIOUS FOREVER (GB) HK F C Lor S de Sousa  
2017 TIME WARP (GB) HK A S Cruz Z Purton  
2016 MAURICE (JPN) JPN N Hori R Moore  
2015 A SHIN HIKARI (JPN) JPN M Sakaguchi Y Take  
2014 DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) HK J Moore J Moreira  
2013 AKEED MOFEED (GB) HK R Gibson D Whyte  
2012 CALIFORNIA MEMORY (USA) HK A S Cruz M Chadwick  
2011 CALIFORNIA MEMORY (USA) HK A S Cruz M Chadwick  
2010 SNOW FAIRY (IRE) GB E A L Dunlop R Moore  
2009 VISION D’ETAT (FR) FR E Libaud O Peslier  

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