Hong Kong Mile

Hong Kong Mile

Group One Betting Guide
Date: December 13, 2020
Location: Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong
Distance: 1600m

Hong Kong Mile
The Hong Kong Mile is one of four Group one Hong Kong international races and is widely considered one of the greatest mile races in the world. Held every December, the AUS$3.9 million feature is run at Sha Tin and has been won by some of Hong Kong’s greatest champion thoroughbreds.

Because of the large audience for the international meeting, punters love betting into the big Hong Kong pools and the bookmakers have great fixed odds prices available throughout the year. Betting on Hong Kong races is extremely popular in Australia and the Hong Kong Mile is one of the most exciting races of the year.

2020 Hong Kong Mile betting guide

Plucking the winner of the Hong Kong Mile from a punting perspective can be tough, although some heavily backed and champion horses have won it in the past, including Good Ba Ba which won it three successive years between 2007-09.

The race is traditionally won by mature horses with miles in their legs as shown by four of the last six winners being five years or older. The exception being Maurice in 2015 which made a lot of history during its great career, including winning the HK Mile as a four year old and then Admire Mars in 2019.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table


2020 Hong Kong Mile betting odds

Superstar galloper is currently a $1.80 favourite in Hong Kong Mile betting markets, and it’s easy to see why. Having only been defeated once in a 14 start career, he demands favouritism in a race that suits him like no tomorrow. He’ll enter the race fourth up from a spell, after claiming the Hong Kong Jockey Club mile at his last start.

2019 winner of the HK Mile Admire Mars is on the second line of betting at $6 and will look to follow the example that Beauty Generation set in recent years when going back to back in the Hong Kong Mile.

The aforementioned Beauty Generation is the only other horse attracting interest, and punters can get odds of $10 for the superstar galloper to claim his third Hong Kong Mile.

2020 Hong Kong Mile Nominations

2020 Hong Kong Mile Nominations
# Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 Beauty Generation (NZ) G 8 David Hayes
2 Golden Sixty (AUS) G 5 Francis Lui
3 Admire Mars (JPN) C 4 Yasuo Tomomichi
4 (GB) G 5 Tony Cruz
5 Southern Legend (AUS) G 8 Casper Fownes
6 Waikuku (IRE) G 5 John Size
7 Romanised (IRE) H 5 Ken Condon
8 More Than This(GB) G 4 Francis Lui
9 Simply Brilliant (GB) G 6 Frankie Lor
10 Mighty Giant (NZ) G 5
11 Order Of Australia (IRE) C 3 Aidan O’Brien

Previous Hong Kong Mile fields

  • No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Beauty Generation J Moore Z Purton 5 57 $2.90
    2 Indy Champ H Otonashi D Lane 3 57 $2.90
    3 Persian Knight Y Ikee O Murphy 6 57 $64
    4 Waikuku J Size J Moreira 10 57 $3.90
    5 Zaaki Sir M R Stoute R Moore 2 57 $130
    6 Ka Ying Star A S Cruz K Teetan 1 57 $7.90
    7 Simply Brilliant F C Lor A 7 57 $99
    8 Citron Spirit P F Yiu C Y Ho 8 57 $124
    9 Admire Mars Y Tomomichi C Soumillom 4 56.5 $27
    10 K Hagiwara C Lemaire 9 56.5 $14

  • No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds 1 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Beauty Generation J Moore Z Purton 12 57 $1.85 2 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Persain Knight Y Ikee M Demuro 14 57 $7.50 3 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Comin’ Through C Waller M Walker 13 57 $41 4 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Mozu Ascot Y Yahagi C Lemaire 2 57 $7.50 5 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Beauty Only T Cruz H Bowman 9 57 $12 6 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Beat The Bank A Balding O Murphy 5 57 $15 7 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Fifty Fifty P Ho J McDonald 4 57 $26 8 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Singapore Sling T Millard S de Sousa 6 57 $17 9 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Southern Legend C Fownes D Whyte 10 57 $13 10 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Inns Of Court A Fabre M Barzalona 3 57 $13 11 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Nothingilikemore J Size J Moreira 11 57 $21 12 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks What Else But You J Size K Teetan 1 57 $51 13 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks One Master W Haggas R Moore 8 55.5 $15 14 Hong Kong Mile Horse/Jockey Silks Vivlos Y Tomomichi W Buick 7 55.5 $17

  • No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Highland Reel betting Beauty Only (IRE) Tony Cruz N Rawiller 12  57 $6.50
    2 Highland Reel betting (FR)  John Moore J Bowman 2 57 $7.50
    3 Highland Reel betting (AUS) John Size M Chadwick 8 57 $13
    4 Highland Reel betting (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee J Moreira 4 57 $8
    5 Highland Reel betting Joyful Trinity (IRE) John Moore B Prebble 10 57 $41
    6 Highland Reel betting Lightning Spear (GB)  David Simcock Tommy Berry 1 57 $26
    7 Highland Reel betting Seasons Bloom (Aus) Danny Shum S Pasquier 5 57 $3.80
    8 Highland Reel betting Horse Of Fortune (SAF) Tony Millard F X Bertras 13 57 $34
    9 Highland Reel betting Karar (GB)  Francis-Henri Graffard G Mosse 3 57 $34
    10 Highland Reel betting Beauty Generation (NZ) John Moore O Doleuze 9 57 $8.50
    11 Highland Reel betting Sichuan Dar (AUS)  Tony Millard S De Sousa 6 57 $67
    12 Western Express HK Mile 2017 Western Express (AUS) John Size S Clipperton 7 57 $26
    13 Highland Reel betting Lancaster Bomber (USA) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 11 56.6 $12
    14 Highland Reel betting Roly Poly (USA) Aidan O’Brien  JA Heffernan 14 55 $7

2019 Hong Kong Mile result

1st Admire Mars $27.00
2nd Waikuku $1.35
3rd Beauty Generation $1.30

Recent runnings of the Hong Kong Mile

  • 2019
    Beauty Generation was aiming to string together three wins in the HK Mile, however it was Admire Mars that got the better of the superstar galloper and other market fancies. Admire Mars took over from Beauty Generation with 100 metres to go and powered through the line to claim another feature for Japanese trainers on a day where Japanese gallopers had a field day. Waikuku had to settle for second after a massive run to just miss, and Beauty Generation had to settle for third after tiring during the concluding stages.
  • 2018
    Beauty Generation went back-to-back in the Hong Kong Mile in what was one of the most dominant victories in HKIR history. Jockey Zac Purton didn’t press the issue out of the gate dispute jumping from a tricky barrier but once the field settled Beauty Generation took to the head of affairs and was never headed. Vivlos and Southern Legend rounded out the placings but they were in a race of their own.
  • 2017
    Another front-running ride on HKIR delivered as Beauty Generation won the Mile from start to finish. had to push the horse along out of the gates but the galloper settled nicely after finding the lead and was never headed, booting away in the concluding stages to record a comfortable victory.
  • 2016
    Beauty Only continued a stunning night for Zac Purton who had already won aboard Aerovelocity in the Hong Kong Sprint. The quality runner was produced to the outside by Purton and it sprinted past race-favourite Able Friend to record a good victory over fellow Australian Hugh Bowman who rode Helene Paragon. Joyful Trinity held on well for third in front of Contentment which raced well. Read the full report here.
  • 2015
    Maurice came of age when winning in 2015 and the local runner had the crowd cheering. With Ryan Moore in the saddle, Maurice was too good for its opposition and it edged out Giant Treasure and race-favourite Able Friend which couldn’t go back-to-back in the Mile. Maurice paid $4 with bookmakers and it since continued to perform well on the world stage.
  • 2014
    Able Friend was one of the shortest priced winners of the Hong Kong Mile and one of the most impressive. The John Moore-trained runner paid $1.30 with bookmakers and romped home by 4.25 lengths over Gold-Fun and outsider Grand Prix Boss. It couldn’t back that win up in 2015, but its win in 2014 will remain in the history books.
  • 2013
    Glorious Days created an upset in 2013 for trainer John Size. It was formerly trained by Stephen and Trevor McKee in New Zealand, but it went to Hong Kong and won the Mile at odds of $14 after finishing second in 2012. It was the highlight of its career in beating Gold-Fun by 0.75 lengths, but the then six=year-old failed to continue on with that success.
  • 2012
    Ambitious Dragon was a well-fancied runner in 2012 and it got the job done well. The six-year-old by Pins won with Australia’s Zuc Purton in the saddle and it carried plenty of support in the betting at $4.90. 2013 winner Glorious Days finished second with long-shot Packing OK ($11.50 to place) survived a protest lodged by the connections of Gordon Lord Byron in fourth.
  • 2011
    Able One scored one of the biggest upsets in the race’s history when winning at odds of $42.80. The John Moore-trained gelding was a ripe nine-year-old which had one more big race win left in it. The son of Cape Cross wasn’t expected to beat the likes of New Zealand Derby winner Jimmy Choux and Hong Kong runner Xtension, but it held off all challengers in a desperately tight finish.

Notable Hong Kong Mile winners

Hong Kong Mile betting

  • Good Ba Ba
    Good Ba Ba was an outstanding gelding which won three consecutive Hong Kong Miles. The 2008 Hong Kong Horse of the Year had a stellar career with 15 wins from 33 starts and it currently holds the the race-record time of 1:32.71 which was set in 2008. It won in 2007 and 2008 with trainer Andreas Schutz before being sent to the Derek Cruz stable for its third consecutive victory.
  • Sunline
    Sunline won the 2000 Hong Kong Mile in what has become one of the most exciting races in history. The New Zealand-trained mare was well-backed to win at Sha Tin, despite failing in its previous attempt in 1999, but the two-time Cox Plate champion was in form during the spring and only Hong Kong champion Fairy King Prawn could push it close. The battle between Sunline and Fairy King Prawn was one for the ages as Sunline assumed its customary leaders role. Fairy King Prawn settled back during the run and made its charge around the home turn. It appeared as though the local hope would run Sunline down, but the Kiwi champion fought gamely and held on. “The mare of the world” call echoed around Sha Tin, giving New Zealand its biggest international win since Kiwi won the Japan Cup.
  • Jim And Tonic
    Jim And Tonic was a world-class thoroughbred which won the 2008 Hong Kong Mile (Bowl) before winning the 2009 Hong Kong Cup. The French-trained champion won all around the world which included France, Hong Kong and Dubai. The globetrotting gelding clocked up more than 250 air miles throughout its career which was a testament to its guts and determination.

Hong Kong Mile past winners list

Year Hong Kong Mile Past Winners
2019 Admire Mars
2018 Beauty Generation
2017 Beauty Generation
2016 Beauty Only
2015 Maurice
2014 Able Friend
2013 Glorious Days
2012 Ambitious Dragon
2011 Able One
2010 Beauty Flash
2009 Good Ba Ba
2008 Good Ba Ba
2007 Good Ba Ba
2006 The Duke
2005 Hat Trick
2004 Firebreak
2003 Lucky Owners
2002 Olympic Express
2001 Eishin Preston
2000 Sunline
1999 Docksider
1998 Jim And Tonic
1997 Catalan Opening
1996 Monopolize
1995 Monopolize
1994 Soviet Line
1993 Winning Partners
1992 Glen Kate
1991 Additional Risk
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