Hong Kong Cup

Hong Kong Cup

Group One Betting Guide
Date: December 13, 2020
Location: Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong
Distance: 2,000m

Hong Kong Cup
THE Hong Kong Cup is the final feature race at the International Meeting at Sha Tin and it usually features an international field of quality runners.The 2000m Group one was first run in 1988 and since then it has attracted world-wide fame and a string of champion winners.

Names such as Jim And Tonic, Fantastic Light, Designs On Rome and 2015 winner A Shin Hikari have graced the Cup in recent history and since 1990 it has become a race open to horses all over the world. Come 1992, horses from United States, Canada and Japan were allowed to run in the Hong Kong Cup and that has stood the test of time.

2020 Hong Kong Cup betting odds

There are no odds available for the Hong Kong Cup.

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Hong Kong Cup betting

The Hong Kong Cup has been won by diverse and usually very talented horses with none more so than last year’s Japanese winner and champion Maurice. Because there are so many good horses in Hong Kong for the International Meeting it can often be raffle who wins the Cup.

A good indicate of the key chances in these races is the jockey onboard the horse. If Joao Moreira is onboard you can guarantee his mount is a chance because he generally is given the plumb rides. While many of Australia’s best like Hugh Bowman and James McDonald make the trek over for the race.

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2020 Hong Kong Cup Nominations

2020 Hong Kong Cup Nominations
# Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 6 Matthew Smith
2 FUNSTAR (AUS) F 4 Chris Waller
3 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
4 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
5 OLMEDO (FR) H 5 Chris Waller
6 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 6 Chris Waller
7 SKALLETI (FR) G 5 Jerome Reynier
8 THE REVENANT (GB) G 5 Francis-Henri Graffard
9 ADDEYBB (IRE) G 6 William Haggas
10 AUDARYA (FR) F 4 James Fanshawe
11 LORD NORTH (IRE) G 4 John Gosden
12 MEHDAAYIH (GB) F 4 John Gosden
13 QUEST THE MOON (GER) C 4 S Steinburg
14 AMAZING ONE PLUS (IRE) G 5 C S Shum
15 BERLIN TANGO (GB) G 3 A S Cruz
16 BUTTERFIELD G 5 C S Shum
17 CHEFANO (SAF) G 6 D Hayes
18 DANCES WITH DRAGON (NZ) G 7 C Fownes
19 DARK DREAM (AUS) G 6 D Hayes
20 ENJOYING (AUS) G 5 D Whyte
21 EXULTANT (IRE) G 6 A S Cruz
22 FURORE (NZ) G 6 A S Cruz
23 GOLDEN SIXTY (AUS) G 5 K Lui
24 HELENE LEADINGSTAR (AUS) G 6 A S Cruz
25 LAKESHORE EAGLE (AUS) G 6 W So
26 PACKING WALTHAM (FR) G 3 A S Cruz
27 PLAYA DEL PUENTE (IRE) G 4 C S Shum
28 PRECIOUSSHIP (IRE) G 5 P Yiu
29 RELIABLE TEAM (NZ) G 5 F Lor
30 RUSSIAN EMPEROR (IRE) C 3 D Whyte
31 SAVVY NINE (FR) G 4 D Whyte
32 SIMPLY BRILLIANT (GB) G 6 F Lor
33 SINGAPORE SLING (SAF) G 7 A Millard
34 SOUTHERN LEGEND (AUS) G 8 C Fownes
35 SUPER OASIS (NZ) G 5 P Yiu
36 TIANCHI MONSTER (NZ) G 6 W So
37 TIME WARP (GB) G 7 A S Cruz
38 AMMA GRACE (IRE) F 3 Dermot Weld
39 ARMORY (IRE) C 3 A P O’Brien
40 BUCKHURST (IRE) C 4 J P O’Brien
41 MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 5 A P O’Brien
42 MAGICAL M 5 A P O’Brien
43 MOGUL (GB) C 3 A P O’Brien
44 PEACEFUL (IRE) F 3 A P O’Brien
45 TARNAWA (IRE) F 4 Dermot Weld
46 ALMOND EYE (JPN) M 5 Sakae Kunieda
47 CADENAS (JPN) H 6 Kazuya Nakatake
48 CAFE PHAROAH (USA) C 3 Noriyuki Hori
49 CENTELLEO (JPN) M 5 Tomokazu Takano
50 CHRONO GENESIS (JPN) F 4 Takashi Saito
51 DANON KINGLY (JPN) C 4 Kiyoshi Hagiwara
52 DANON PREMIUM (JPN) H 5 Mitsumasa Nakauchida
53 DEEP BOND (JPN) C 3 Ryuji Okubo
54 DEIRDRE (JPN) M 6 Mitsuru Hashida
55 KING OF KOJI (JPN) C 4 Shogo Yasuda
56 LAST DRAFT (JPN) C 4 Hirofumi Toda
57 LOVES ONLY YOU (JPN) F 4 Yoshito Yahagi
58 NORMCORW (JPN) M 5 Kiyoshi Hagiwara
59 PANTHALASSA (JPN) C 3 Yoshito Yahagi
60 RED GALANT (JPN) H 5 Takayuki Yasuda
61 SALIOS (JPN) C 3 Noriyuki Hori
62 SATONO GARNET (JPN) M 5 Yoshito Yahagi
63 SATONO IMPRESA (JPN) C 3 Yoshito Yahagi
64 SATURNALIA (JPN) C 4 Katsuhiko Sumii
65 SCARLET COLOR (JPN) M 5 Ryo Takahashi
66 STAY FOOLISH (JPN) H 5 Yoshito Yahagi
67 WIN BRIGHT (JPN) H 6 Yoshihiro Hatakeyama
68 WIN GREATEST (JPN) C 3 Bryan Dais
69 WORLD PREMIERE (JPN) C 4 Yasuo Tomomichi
70 TOP KNIGHT (AUS) G 5 Michael Clements

Previous Hong Kong Cup fields

  • No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Win Bright Y Hatakeyama M Matsuoka 8 57 $5.40
    2 Rise High C Fownes V Ho 3 57 $3.20
    3 Time Warp A S Cruz K Teetan 6 57 $39
    4 Glorious Forever F Lor Z Purton 4 57 $9.80
    5 Dark Dream F Lor D Lane 7 57 $41
    6 Furore F Lor H Bowman 1 57 $3.20
    7 Magic Wand A O’Brien R Moore 2 55.5 $5.90
    8 Edisa A De Royer-Dupre S Pasquier 4 54 $11

  • No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Horse/Jockey silks icon Sungrazer H Asami J Moreira 6 57 $3.50
    2 Horse/Jockey silks icon Time Warp T Cruz Z Purton 7 57 $5.50
    3 Horse/Jockey silks icon Northern Superstar T Millard K Teetan 9 57 $26
    4 Horse/Jockey silks icon Seasons Bloom D Shum R Moore 4 57 $26
    5 Horse/Jockey silks icon Gold Mount R Gibson O Murphy 5 57 $13
    6 Horse/Jockey silks icon Stormy Antarctic E Walker J Doyle 8 57 $21
    7 Horse/Jockey silks icon Staphanos H Fujiwara W Buick 3 57 $15
    8 Horse/Jockey silks icon Glorious Forever F Lor S de Sousa 1 57 $9
    9 Horse/Jockey silks icon Deirdre M Hashida C Lemaire 2 55.5 $3.80

  • No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Deauville A O’Brien Ryan Moore 2 57 $12
    2 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Neorealism Noriyuki Hori J Moreira 1 57 $6
    3 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Poet’s Word Sir M Stoute A Atzeni 12 57 $7
    4 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Werther J Moore Tommy Berry 3 57 $2.80
    5 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Staphanos H Fujiwara J Bowman 8 57 $13
    6 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Secret Weapon C H Yip N Rawiller 11 57 $19
    7 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Robin Of Navan H J Dunlop S Clipperton 4 57 $41
    8 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Garlingari C Barande-Barbe S Pasquier 6 57 $26
    9 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Time Warp A S Cruz Z Purton 5 57 $6
    10 Hong Kong Cup betting tips War Decree A O’Brien J A Heffernan 7 57 $21
    11 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Blonde Me A Balding O Murphy 10 55.5 $21
    12 Hong Kong Cup betting tips Smart Layer R Okubo Y Take 9 55.5 $11

2019 Hong Kong Cup result

Place Horse Price
1st Win Bright $5.40
2nd Magic Wand $1.70
3rd Rise High $1.40

Recent Hong Kong Cup winners

  • 2019
    Win Bright was able to hold out a fast finishing Magic Wand in a thrilling finish to the 2019 Hong Kong Cup. The pair had paired off in the running just off the pace and looked to both be travelling smoothly when cornering for the run to the judge. Both looked to have been struggling with 200 metres to go, but it was the Japanese galloper Win Bright who was too strong for his rivals over the concluding stages.
  • 2018
    Glorious Forever completed a clean sweep for the Hong Kong trainers at the 2018 HKIR after a brilliant front-running ride by Silvester de Sousa. Spearing out to an early lead it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the swoopers would descend and eventually run the leader down. It wasn’t the case however as de Sousa hugged the rails and under a vigorous ride found enough in the latter stages to hold off the fast-finishing favourite Dierdre.
  • 2017
    Time Warp was not well favoured in the market heading into the Hong Kong Cup in 2017 but under a brilliant ride from champion jockey Zac Purton, the horse duly delivered. Taking to the front early in the piece Time Warp produced a powerful and sustained run from the front before kicking away in the straight to win by close to three lengths from Werther.
  • 2016
    Maurice was having its last start before heading off to stud and it made a great impact on its way out. The Japanese star didn’t jump well with Ryan Moore in the saddle and it was giving A Shin Hikari many lengths into the home straight, but the champion reeled it in quick smart before running away with the victory at the odds-on price of $1.70. Read report here.
  • 2015
    A Shin Hikari burst onto the world scene when winning the Hong Kong Cup in 2015. The Japanese-trained runner was the fourth Japanese winner of the Hong Kong Cup and the first since Agnes Digital won in 2001. A Shin Hikari paid $26 for the win in what was considered a big upset. It set a strong pace in front and it held on to score by a length in a race record time.
  • 2014
    Designs Of Rome was a popular winner in 2014 for trainer John Moore and champion jockey Joao Moreira. The son of Holy Roman Emperor was a stylish winner over the likes of Military Attack and Australian runner Criterion. In its usual style, Designs On Rome settle at the rear of the field before producing a big finishing burst down the outside.
  • 2013
    Akeed Mofeed wasn’t one of the most popular Hong Kong Cup victors in recent history, but the Richard Gibson-trained runner was too good for its rivals in 2013 and it would later represent Hong Kong at the Dubai World Cup. It paid a short price on the tote with bookmakers when holding out Japanese entrant Tokei Halo and Cirrus des Aigles.
  • 2012/2011
    California Memory made it back-to-back victories in 2011 and 2012. The Tony Cruz-trained champion ran almost two seconds quicker when winning for the second time in 2012. It defeated the likes of Giofra and Australian-performed Alcopop which firmly put it into the record books. Matthew Chadwick rode it to victory on both occasions.

Hong Kong Cup records and statistics

The race record belongs to A Shin Hikari, which ran 2:00.60 when winning in 2015. It became the fourth Japanese-trained runner to win the Hong Kong Cup.

California Memory is the only horse to win more than one Hong Kong Cup when Matthew Chadwick was in the saddle, but Frankie Dettori has won three as a jockey.

The Italian champion won aboard Fantastic Light in 2000, Falbrav in 2003 and Ramonti in 2007.

Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has won the race twice with Fantastic Light and Ramonti. Local trainer Tony Cruz has also had two victories in consecutive years with California Memory.

Past Hong Kong Cup champions

Year Horse Trainer Jockey Time
1988 Flying Dancer Brian Kan Ping-chee Bartie Leisher 1:48.60
1989 Colonial Chief / Grey Invader Ivan W. Allan / Alvin Clark Tony Cruz / Gary Stewart 1:49.30
1990 Kessem Brian Smith Kevin Moses 1:48.40
1991 River Verdon David Hill Gerald Mosse 1:49.80
1992 Romanee Conti Laurie Laxon Greg Childs 1:48.20
1993 Motivation John Moore John Marshall 1:49.20
1994 State Taj John L Riley Damien Oliver 1:48.40
1995 Fujiyama Kenzan Hideyuki Mori Masayoshi Ebina 1:47.00
1996 First Island Geoff Wragg Michael Hills 1:48.20
1997 Val’s Prince James E Picou Cash Asmussen 1:47.20
1998 Midnight Bet Hiroyuki Nagahama Hiroshi Kawachi 1:46.90
1999 Jim and Tonic Francois Doumen Gerald Mosse 2:01.40
2000 Fantastic Light Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori 2:02.20
2001 Agnes Digital Toshiaki Shirai Hirofumi Shii 2:02.80
2002 Precision David Oughton Michael Kinane 2:07.10
2003 Flabrav Luca Cumani Frankie Dettori 2:00.90
2004 Alexander Goldrun Jim Bolger Kevin Manning 2:03.30
2005 Vengeance Of Rain David E Ferrais Anthony Delpech 2:04.50
2006 Pride Alain de Royer-Dupre Chrisophe Lemaire 2:02.80
2007 Ramonti Saeed Bin Suroor Frankie Dettori 2:00.92
2008 Eagle Mountain Mike de Kock Kevin Shea 2:01.86
2009 Vision d’Etat Eric Libaud Olivier Peslier 2:02.94
2010 Snow Fairy Ed Dunlop Ryan Moore 2:05.57
2011 California Memory Anthony S Cruz Mathew Chadwick 2:03.09
2012 California Memory Anthony S Cruz Mathew Chadwick 2:03.09
2013 Akeed Mofeed Richard Gibson Douglas Whyte 2:01.96
2014 Designs On Rome John Moore Joao Moreira 2:01.96
2015 A Shin Hikari Masanori Sakaguchi Yutaka Take 2:00.60
2016 Maurice Noriyuki Hori Ryan Moore 2:00.95
2017 Time Warp Anthony S. Cruz Zac Purton 2:01.63
2018 Glorious Forever Frankie Lor Silvester de Sousa 2:01.71
2019 Win Bright Yoshihiro Hatakeyama M Matsuoka 2:00.52

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