Hong Kong Mile
Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||December 13, 2020|
|Location:||Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong|
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.
2020 Hong Kong Mile betting odds
Superstar galloper Golden Sixty 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|
|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||Ka Ying Star (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||Ricky Yiu|
|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 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 Beauty Generation J Moore Z Purton 12 57 $1.85 2 Persain Knight Y Ikee M Demuro 14 57 $7.50 3 Comin’ Through C Waller M Walker 13 57 $41 4 Mozu Ascot Y Yahagi C Lemaire 2 57 $7.50 5 Beauty Only T Cruz H Bowman 9 57 $12 6 Beat The Bank A Balding O Murphy 5 57 $15 7 Fifty Fifty P Ho J McDonald 4 57 $26 8 Singapore Sling T Millard S de Sousa 6 57 $17 9 Southern Legend C Fownes D Whyte 10 57 $13 10 Inns Of Court A Fabre M Barzalona 3 57 $13 11 Nothingilikemore J Size J Moreira 11 57 $21 12 What Else But You J Size K Teetan 1 57 $51 13 One Master W Haggas R Moore 8 55.5 $15 14 Vivlos Y Tomomichi W Buick 7 55.5 $17 No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds 1 Beauty Only (IRE) Tony Cruz N Rawiller 12 57 $6.50 2 Helene Paragon (FR) John Moore J Bowman 2 57 $7.50 3 Contentment (AUS) John Size M Chadwick 8 57 $13 4 Satono Aladdin (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee J Moreira 4 57 $8 5 Joyful Trinity (IRE) John Moore B Prebble 10 57 $41 6 Lightning Spear (GB) David Simcock Tommy Berry 1 57 $26 7 Seasons Bloom (Aus) Danny Shum S Pasquier 5 57 $3.80 8 Horse Of Fortune (SAF) Tony Millard F X Bertras 13 57 $34 9 Karar (GB) Francis-Henri Graffard G Mosse 3 57 $34 10 Beauty Generation (NZ) John Moore O Doleuze 9 57 $8.50 11 Sichuan Dar (AUS) Tony Millard S De Sousa 6 57 $67 12 Western Express (AUS) John Size S Clipperton 7 57 $26 13 Lancaster Bomber (USA) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 11 56.6 $12 14 Roly Poly (USA) Aidan O’Brien JA Heffernan 14 55 $7
2019 Hong Kong Mile result
Recent runnings of the Hong Kong Mile
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.
Notable Hong Kong Mile winners
- 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 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|
|2009||Good Ba Ba|
|2008||Good Ba Ba|
|2007||Good Ba Ba|
|1998||Jim And Tonic|