Hong Kong Mile

Hong Kong Mile

Group One Betting Guide
Date: December 12, 2021
Location: Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong
Distance: 1600m
Prize Money: HK$25,000,000

The Hong Kong Mile – one of the four Group 1 titles that make up the annual Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) – is widely considered one of the greatest mile races in the world. Held every December, the HK$25,000,000 (AU$3.9m) 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 HKIR 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.

2022 Hong Kong Mile betting guide

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

The race is traditionally won by mature horses with miles in their legs, as shown by 13 of the last 15 winners being five years or older. The only exceptions in recent years have been Maurice (4yo) in 2015 and then Admire Mars (3yo) in 2019.

The Hong Kong Mile sits alongside races like the Hong Kong Derby, Hong Kong Classic Cup and the Hong Kong Vase as some of the most popular races at racing betting sites.

Best bookmakers for Hong Kong Mile betting

All of HorseBetting’s recommended online bookmakers run markets for the Hong Kong Mile each year, including all-in and futures options. Check out the licensed betting sites below to find the best odds for the 2022 Hong Kong Mile.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table

2021 Hong Kong Mile nominations

2021 Hong Kong Mile Nominations
# Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 Aramayo (AUS) G 6 Chris Waller
2 Hungry Heart (AUS) M 4 Chris Waller
3 Pogo (IRE) H 5 Charles Hills
4 Saffron Beach (IRE) F 3 Jane Chapple-Hyam
5 Beauty Glory (GB) G 3 A Cruz
6 Beauty Joy (AUS) G 5 A Cruz
7 C P Brave (IRE) G 4 A Millard
8 Champion’s Way (AUS) G 6 J Size
9 Excellent Proposal (AUS) G 5 J Size
10 Golden Sixty (FR) G 6 K Lui
11 Healthy Happy (AUS) G 5 F Lor
12 Ka Ying Star (GB) G 6 A Cruz
13 Kilindini (SAF) H 5 A Millard
14 Lucky Express (AUS) G 5 J Size
15 Master Montaro (AUS) G 5 D Hayes
16 More Than This (GB) G 5 C Shum
17 Naboo Attack (AUS) G 5 D Hayes
18 Preciousship (IRE) G 6 P Yiu
19 Russian Emperor (IRE) G 4 D Whyte
20 Seattle Choice (SAF) G 6 A Millard
21 Sky Darci (NZ) G 5 C Fownes
22 Sky Field (AUS) G 5 C Fownes
23 Southern Legend (NZ) G 9 C Fownes
24 Tourbillon Diamond (AUS) G 5 C Shum
25 Waikuku (IRE) G 6 J Size
26 Mac Swiney (IRE) C 3 Jim Bolger
27 Mother Earth (IRE) F 3 A P O’Brien
28 Order Of Australia (IRE) C 4 A P O’Brien
29 Pearls Galore (FR) F 4 Paddy Twomey
30 State of Rest (IRE) C 3 Joseph O’Brien
31 Bathrat Leon (JPN) C 3 Yoshito Yahagi
32 Cadence Call (JPN) H 5 Takayuki Yasuda
33 Cape Pharoah (USA) C 4 Noriyuki Hori
34 Danon Kingly (JPN) H 5 Kiyoshi Hagiwara
35 Danon The Kid (JPN) C 3 Takayuki Yasuda
36 Gibeon (JPN) H 6 Hideaki Fujiwara
37 Gran Algeria (JPN) M 5 Kazuo Fujisawa
38 Grenadier Guards (JPN) C 3 Mitsumasa Nakauchida
39 Ho O Amazon (JPN) C 3 Yoshito Yahagi
40 Indy Champ (JPN) H 6 Hidetaka Otonashi
41 Lauda Sion (JPN) C 4 Takashi Saito
42 Lei Paple (JPN) F 4 Tomokazu Takano
43 Lotus Land (USA) F 4 Yasuyuki Tsujino
44 Mikki Brillante (JPN) H 5 Yasuyuki Tsujino
45 Resistencia (JPN) F 4 Takeshi Matsushita
46 Salios (JPN) C 4 Noriyuki Hori
47 Schnell Meister (GER) C 3 Takahisa Tezuka
48 Shivaji (USA) H 6 Kenji Nonaka
49 Vin De Garde (JPN) H 5 Hideaki Fujiwara
50 Vollkommen (JPN) G 5 Noriyuki Hori

Previous Hong Kong Mile fields

  • No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Beauty Generation D Hayes Z Purton 3 57 $9
    2 Golden Sixty K Lui C Ho 7 57 $1.80
    3 Admire Mars R Moore Y Tomomichi 10 57 $6
    4 Ka Ying Star A Cruz C Schofield 9 57 $15
    5 Southern Legend C Fownes K Teetan 6 57 $26
    6 Waikuku J Size J Moreria 5 57 $9
    7 Romanised K Condon W Lee 7 57 $17
    8 Simply Brilliant F Lore K Leung 8 57 $67
    9 Mighty Giant P Yiu A Badel 2 57 $26
    10 Order Of Australia A P O’Brien P-C Boudot 1 56.5 $13
  • 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 Badel 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 Normcore 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 Helene Paragon (FR)  John Moore J Bowman 2 57 $7.50
    3 Highland Reel betting Contentment (AUS) John Size M Chadwick 8 57 $13
    4 Highland Reel betting Satono Aladdin (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

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.

2020 Hong Kong Mile result

1st Golden Sixty $1.30
2nd Southern Legend $4.10
3rd Admire Mars $1.60

Recent runnings of the Hong Kong Mile

  • Having been sent around a $1.30 hot pot, Golden Sixty rewarded those punters who took the short odds with an emphatic victory. Having hit the front with 200m to go, he simply never looked like getting beaten and in doing so brought up an 11th straight win.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Another front-running ride on HKIR delivered as Beauty Generation won the Mile from start to finish. Derek Leung 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Hong Kong Mile past winners list

Year Hong Kong Mile Past Winners
2020 Golden Sixty
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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