THE Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup is a Group 1 race held every January at Sha Tin.
The 1600m feature is the first leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown, which also features the Hong Kong Gold Cup in February and the Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup in May/June.
With a purse of HK$10 million, the Stewards’ Cup attracts all the big names in Hong Kong racing and the past winners list is full of champion thoroughbreds.
It’s an extremely popular betting race, both locally and in Australia, so check out our recommended bookmakers for the best deals and odds available.
2019 Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup betting odds
Superstar Beauty Generation is the only horse the market wants heading into the Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup.
Beauty Generation is at $1.30 via online bookmaker Sportsbet to win the Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup.
Conte ($6.50) is the only other runner in single figures, with cult figure Pakistan Star ($10) on the third line of betting.
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2019 Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup result
Recent Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup winners
The odds were as short as you can get but it was a case of money in, money out for Beauty Generation backers. Jumping out as a $1.10 favourite, Beauty Generation never looked in trouble after gaining an uncontested lead, dictating the pace before streaking away in the straight to record a commanding victory ahead of Conte and Southern Legend.
It was a stellar ride by the Magic Man on Seasons Bloom, who delivered a terrific turn of foot in the straight to secure the Stewards’ Cup. Entering the straight Moreira had a choice between taking an inside run or steering Seasons Bloom to the middle of the track, and ultimately he made the right call as the horse darted away once taken to the outside. The challengers came late but the bird had flown as Seasons Bloom maintained solid lead to record his maiden Group 1 title.
Helene Paragon was the well-backed favourite at $2.90 and the favourites’ tag was justified as it burst through the pack to win the 2017 Stewards’ Cup. With Australian jockey Tommy Berry in the saddle, the John Moore-trained runner was well-positioned in the run before launching down centre track in the straight. The win was Helene Paragon’s first group one win, which also gave Moore a race trifecta with Joyful Trinity in second and Able Friend in third. Read full report.
Giant Treasure scored a dramatic win in 2016 when winning by a short head over Luger, with Contentment only a neck back in second. The Richard Gibson-trained gelding was a well-backed runner at odds of $3.80, but punters didn’t have it easy. The field was full of stars which included Beauty Only, Blazing Speed and Designs On Rome. Hong Kong-based Frenchman Christophe Soumillion rode Giant Treasure to victory for Gibson, who was formerly based in France.
The punters cheered in 2015 when Able Friend defeated the field as the odds-on favourite. The John Moore-trained superstar was in stellar form prior to the race and it continued that rich vein of form with a 1.5-length win over Beauty Flame and Rewarding Hero. The five-year-old by Shamardal paid $1.20 for the win, the shortest priced winner in history and champion jockey Joao Moreira was in the saddle. Able Friend ran the quickest time (1:33.50) since Good Ba Ba in 2009.
Blazing Speed came of age when winning in 2014 at long odds. The five-year-old by Dylan Thomas wasn’t a favoured runner considering the field featured Gold-Fun, 2013 winner Glorious Days and Military Attack, with it paying $18.20 with bookmakers. The Tony Cruz-trained outsider only narrowly scored the prize by a short head of Dan Excel which paid $6.60 for the place and Helene Spirit which returned $5.60 – setting up a big trifecta and first-four payout. Also included in the field was Pure Champion which would later be exported to New Zealand where it won at Group one level.
Glorious Days was trained by Stephen and Trevor McKee in New Zealand before being transferred to the John Size stables in Hong Kong. The five-year-old was a highly-regarded import which scored another close Stewards’ Cup finish. The son of Hussonet won by a short head over Dan Excel, which would again finish second in 2014, and also California Memory in third. Glorious Days won paying $4 with Dan Excel almost creating the boil over at odds of $11.30 to place. Race favourite and 2012 winner Ambitious Dragon finished in fourth.
Ambitious Dragon was a popular winner for punters in 2012. The Tony Millard-trained gelding won at odds of $2.30 and it never looked like getting beaten. The 1.25-length win gave Douglas Whyte the first of two consecutive Stewards’ Cup wins and although it wasn’t the strongest field in history, the win was still full of class. In second was Xtension and third was California Memory.
Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup winners list
|2009||Good Ba Ba|
|2008||Good Ba Ba|
|2001||Fairy King Prawn|
|1999||Did not run|