Hong Kong Sprint
Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||December 13, 2020|
|Location:||Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong|
THE Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint is one of four Hong Kong international races, offering a purse of $3.1 million. Held in mid-December, the Hong Kong Sprint is one of the world’s highest-rated short-course races and it attracts punters from all around the globe. It has now become the final leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, which includes races from countries such as England, Dubai and in Australia.
The Hong Kong Sprint has been won by thoroughbred champions of the turf and betting markets are open for most of the year, so sign up with our recommended bookmakers to bet on the next sprinting superstar.
2020 Hong Kong Sprint betting odds
After a dominant win in The Everest, Classique Legend has opened up a $1.80 favourite for the 2020 HK Sprint and looks well placed to further his reputation as one of the best sprinters in the world.
After finishing third in the 2019 Hong Kong Sprint, Hot King Prawn is on te second line of betting with odds of $6.00 and will look to build on his imnpressive career record to date, which includes taking out the lead up event the Jockey Club Sprint.
The likes of Tower Of London, Inferno, Computer Patch and Danon Smash are all at nice each way odds in all-in markets for the 2020 Hong Kong Sprint.
2020 Hong Kong Sprint nominations
|2020 Hong Kong Sprint Nominations|
|1||Classique Legend (AUS)||G||5||Casper Fownes|
|2||Hot King Prawn (AUS)||G||6||John Size|
|3||Big Time Baby (IRE)||G||6||Manfred Man|
|4||Voyage Warrior (AUS)||G||5||Ricky Yiu|
|5||Danon Smash (JPN)||H||5||Takayuki Yasuda|
|6||Tower Of London (JPN)||H||5||Kazuo Fujisawa|
|7||Wishful Thinker (AUS)||G||7||Dennis Yip|
|8||Computer Patch (AUS)||R||4||Tony Cruz|
|9||Rattan (NZ)||G||7||Richard Gibson|
|10||Big Party (AUS)||G||5||Frankie Lor|
|11||Jolly Banner (AUS)||G||9||Ricky Yiu|
|12||Fat Turtle (USA)||G||6||Frankie Lor|
|13||Inferno (AUS)||G||4||Cliff Brown|
|14||Perfect Match (AUS)||G||5||Danny Shum|
Previous Hong Kong Sprint fields
No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds 1 Beat The Clock J Size Z Purton 3 57 $6.50 2 D B Pin J Size R Moore 13 57 $54 3 Mr Stunning F C Lor H Bowman 2 57 $24 4 Hot King Prawn J Size K Teetan 1 57 $5.20 5 Rattan R Gibson C Schofield 6 57 $48 6 Little Giant D J Hall J McDonald 7 57 Scractched 7 Danon Smash T Yasuda L Dettori 8 57 $28 8 Ivictory J Size A Sanna 11 57 $250 9 Wishful Thinker R Gibson C Soumillom 9 57 $131 10 Seasons Bloom C S Shum G van Niekerk 14 57 $26 11 Full Of Beauty J Size C Y Ho 5 57 $23 12 Regency Legend C S Shum S de Sousa 12 57 $98 13 In Her Time K Lees B Avdulla 4 55.5 Scractched 14 Aethero J Moore Z Purton 10 53 $1.50 No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds 1 Ivictory J Size C Lemaire 6 57 $6.50 2 Mr Stunning F Lor K Teetan 9 57 $3.50 3 D B Pin J Size S Clipperton 2 57 $7.50 4 Beat The Clock J Size R Moore 8 57 $7.50 5 Hot King Prawn J Size J Moreira 11 57 $3 6 Fine Dancer Y Takahashi Y Kawada 12 57 $9 7 Sir Dancealot D Elsworth G Mosse 5 57 $21 8 Winner’s Way T Cruz S de Sousa 1 57 $21 9 Pingwu Spark B Yung K C Leung 10 57 $34 10 Lim’s Cruiser S Gray H Bowman 3 57 $17 11 Born In China F Lui D Whyte 4 57 $51 12 Little Giant D Hall Z Purton 7 57 $17 No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds 1 Mr Stunning J Size N Rawiller 4 57 $3.80 2 Lucky Bubbles K W Lui J Bowman 1 57 $6.50 3 Peniaphobia A S Cruz M Chadwick 9 57 $7 4 TheWizardOfOz J J Size J Moreira 8 57 $7.50 5 Amazing Kids J J Size B Prebble 6 57 $8 6 Not Listenin’ToMe J Moore Tommy Berry 10 57 $8.50 7 Signs Of Blessing Francois Rohaut S Pasquier 5 57 $12 8 The Right Man D Guillemin F X Bertras 13 57 $13 9 Blizzard P Yiu G Mosse 3 57 $26 10 D B Pin J J Size O Doleuze 12 57 $26 11 Stormy Liberal P Miller S De Sousa 11 57 $34 12 Lets Go Donki Tomoyuki Umeda Y Iwata 7 55.5 $34 13 Once In A Moon M Saito Z Purton 2 55.5 $34
2019 Hong Kong Sprint Result
|1st||Beat The Clock||$6.50|
|2nd||Hot King Prawn||$1.65|
Recent Hong Kong Sprint winners
Mr Stunning was looking for a hat trick of wins in the HK Sprint, but it was the John Size trained Beat The Clock who swamped the leader Aethero and Hot King Prawn in a blanket finish to claim the 2019 Hong Kong Sprint. There was only a length seperated the first four and half a length seperating the trifectra and the win in the 2019 HK sprint handed superstar jockey Joao Moreira his fourth win of the day and his second group one
Defending champion Mr Stunning was just shaded in the market by the in-form Hot King Prawn, but it was the Stunner who had the last laugh as the post approached. Hot King Prawn led for the majority of the race but never looked comfortable, which was in direct contrast to Mr Stunning. The button was pushed on the winner at the 400m mark and he eventually extended entering the final 100m to successfully defend his crown.
Mr Stunning came into the 2017 Hong Kong Sprint as a red-hot favourite and the champ justified the short price in style. Settling just off the speed behind Peniaphobia and Once In A Moon, Mr Stunning pulled wide of the pair entering the straight and promptly kicked away. D B Pin looked to have Mr Stunning’s measure entering the final 200m but the gun galloper maintained the strong run to record a gutsy win.
Age was no barrier for Aerovelocity as the eight-year-old won the 2016 Hong Kong Sprint. It was able to find a nice spot in the run with Zac Purton in the saddle and it held off the fast-finishing Lucky Bubbles which found trouble at the rear of the field. This was Aerovelocity’s second Hong Kong Sprint win after scoring in 2014. Read full report here.
Peniaphobia was a stylish winner of the Hong Kong Sprint in 2015 when winning at odds of $6. The Tony Cruz-trained runner has ridden by champion jockey Joao Moreira who gave Peniaphobia a great ride from a tricky draw. It was able to cross from the wide draw and with its superior turn of foot, there was no running down the champion.
Aerovelocity was another all-the-way winner in 2014 when it held off the fast-finishing Peniaphohia which would win the Hong Kong Sprint a year later. The Paul O’Sullivan-trained sprinter was well-found in the market and it continued the good run set by the favoured runners.
Lord Kanaloa made it back-to-back Hong Kong Sprints in 2013 where it ran as the hot favourite. The win was one of the most impressive in recent history as it cleared away for a five-length win over the likes of Lucky Nine, Sterling City and Sole Power which finished in second.
Japanese star Lord Kanaloa scored the first of its two Hong Kong Sprint wins in 2012 when winning by 2.5 lengths. It was having its last run of the season when lining up at Sha Tin and it had to once again defeat a handy field which included Lucky Nine, Curren Chan and Australian hope Sea Siren. It became the first Japanese horse to win the Hong Kong Sprint.
Lucky Nine is one of the most famous sprinters in Hong Kong racing and it got its name on the board in 2011. The star sprinter won for Australian jockey Brett Prebble and trainer Caspar Fownes. Bred in Ireland, the Darley Stud runner won 13 career races and although it wasn’t able to add another Hong Kong Sprint to its tally, it won five more major races after this victory.
Best Hong Kong Sprint bookmakers
All of the bookmakers listed below offer betting on the Hong Kong Sprint and weekly Hong Kong race meetings.
Punters can bet into all Hong Kong markets where fixed odds and futures betting is available.
Hong Kong Sprint facts and figures
Knowing all the facts and figures can make betting on horse racing much easier. Knowing which trainers and jockeys to follow is a great way to make some extra cash.
- Most wins by a trainer: Ricky Yiu (1999, 2007, 2009)
- Most wins by a jockey: Brett Prebble (2006, 2009, 2011)
Four horses have won the Hong Kong Sprint on two occasions. Mr Stunnong, Falvelon, Silent Witness and Lord Kanaloa won consecutive Hong Kong Sprints with Sacred Kingdom winning in both 2007 and 2009.
The fastest time recorded was 1:07.80 in 2006 by Absolute Champion. The race was changed from 1000m to 1200m in 2006 and the quickest time over the shorter distance is held by All Thrills Too, which ran a slick 56.40 in 2002.
Past Hong Kong Sprint winners list
|2019||Beat The Clock|
|2010||J J The Jet Plane|
|2002||All Thrills Too|
|1990||Fairy King Prawn|