Hong Kong Vase

Hong Kong Vase

Group One Betting Guide
Date: December 12, 2021
Location: Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong
Distance: 2400m
Prize Money: HK$20,000,000

The Hong Kong Vase is a Group 1 race held during the International meeting at Sha Tin in December each year.

The 2400m feature is one of four Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) and usually attracts a world-class field of staying thoroughbreds.

The Europeans have dominated the Hong Kong Vase over the years, largely because the local racing scene doesn’t feature many staying events, yet bookmakers always o a roaring trade on the race.

Best Hong Kong Vase bookmakers

Futures and fixed-odds betting markets for the Hong Kong Vase are available throughout the year. Due to its popularity on the world stage, online betting sites take the Hong Kong Vase very seriously which means punters often get great odds.

The following bookmakers offer markets for all Hong Kong feature races:

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2021 Hong Kong Vase nominations

2021 Hong Kong Vase Nominations
# Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 Delphi (IRE) H 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
2 Great House (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
3 Selino (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
4 Verry Elleegant (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
5 Bubble Gift (FR) C 3 Mikel Delzangles
6 Ebauyra (USA) F 4 Alain De Royer Dupre
7 Eudaimonia (FR) M 6 Edouard Monfort
8 Magny Cours (USA) G 6 Andre Fabre
9 Monty (FR) G 6 Andreas Schutz
10 Sealiway (FR) C 3 Cedric Rossi
11 Sweet Lady (FR) F 3 Francis-Henri Graffard
12 Valia (FR) F 4 Alain De Royer Dupre
13 Away He Goes (IRE) G 5 Ismail Mohammed
14 Hukum (IRE) C 4 Owen Burrows
15 Pyledriver (GB) C 4 William Muir
16 Spanish Mission (USA) H 5 Andrew Balding
17 Sisfahan (FR) C 3 Henk Grewe
18 Butterfield (BRZ) G 6 C Shum
19 Columbus County (NZ) G 6 C Fownes
20 Delightful Laos (IRE) G 4 A Cruz
21 Helene Leadingstar (AUS) G 7 A Cruz
22 Panfield (CHI) H 5 A Millard
23 Reliable Team (NZ) G 6 F Lor
24 Russian Emperor (IRE) G 4 D Whyte
25 Winning Dragon (CHI) G 4 A Cruz
26 Bolshoi Ballet (IRE) C 3 A P O’Brien
27 Broome (IRE) H 5 A P O’Brien
28 Japan (GB) H 5 A P O’Brien
29 La Joconde (IRE) F 3 A P O’Brien
30 La Petite Coco (IRE) F 3 Paddy Twomey
31 Love (IRE) F 4 A P O’Brien
32 Mac Swiney (IRE) C 3 Jim Bolger
33 Mogul (GB) C 4 A P O’Brien
34 Santiago (IRE) C 4 A P O’Brien
35 Snowfall (JPN) F 3 A P O’Brien
36 State Of Rest (IRE) C 3 Joseph O’Brien
37 Tarnawa (IRE) M 5 Dermot Weld
38 Thundering Nights (IRE) F 4 Joseph O’Brien
39 Authority (JPN) C 4 Takaki Iwato
40 Curren Bouqetd’or (JPN) M 5 Saka Kunieda
41 Figlio Allegro (JPN) C 4 Noriyuki Hori
42 Glory Vase H 6 Tomohito Ozeki
43 Hishi Iguazu (JPN) H 5 Noriyuki Hori
44 Kiseki (JPN) H 7 Yasuyuki Tsujino
45 Loves Only You (JPN) M 5 Yoshito Yahagi
46 Meiner Virtus (JPN) H 5 Toru Miya
47 Mozu Bello (JPN) H 5 Naoyuki Morita
48 Satano Saltus (JPN) H 6 Noriyuki Hori
49 Stay Foolish (JPN) H 6 Yoshito Yahagi
50 Titleholder (JPN) C 3 Toru Kurita
51 Uberleben (JPN) F 3 Takahisa Tezuka
52 World Premiere (JPN) H 5 Yasuo Tomomichi
53 Hard Too Think (AUS) G 5 Stephen Gray
54 Channel Cat (USA) H 6 Jack Sisterson
55 Gufo (USA) C 4 Christophe Clement

Previous Hong Kong Vase fields

  • No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Exultant A S Cruz Z Purton 5 57 $1.80
    2 Chefano D Hayes P-C Boudot 7 57 $51
    3 Ho Ho Khan C Ho D Hall 11 2 $51
    4 Columbus County C Fownes J Moreira 1 57 $6
    5 Royal Julius M Barzalona J Reynier 3 57 $31
    6 Playa Del Puente C Shum W Buick 6 57 $31
    7 Mogul A O’Brien R Moore 4 55 $2.50
  • No. Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Exultant A S Cruz Z Purton 14 57 $1.80
    2 Glory Vase T Ozeki JMoreira 7 57 $8.20
    3 Aspetar R Charlton J Watson 11 57 $43
    4 Southern Legend C Fownes A Sanna 9 57 $28
    5 Young Rascal W Haggas F Dettori 10 57 $65
    6 Called To The Bar P Brandt M Guyon 4 57 $84
    7 Prince Of Arran C Fellowes M Walker 8 57 $49
    8 Eagle Way J Moore J McDonald 3 57 $49
    9 Ho Ho Khan D Hall V Ho 5 57 $39
    10 Deirdre M Hashida O Murphy 2 55.5 $19
    11 Lucky Lilac M Matsunaga C Soumillon 1 55.5 $9.90
    12 True Self W Mullins K McEvoy 6 55.5 $77
    13 Anthony Van Dyck A P O’Brien R Moore 12 55 $5.40
    13 Mount Everest A P O’Brien W Lordan 13 55 $38
  • No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Waldgeist A Fabre P-C Boudot 4 57 $4.70
    2 Pakistan Star T Cruz W Buick 2 57 $11
    3 Salouen S Kirk O Murphy 5 57 $11
    4 Exultant T Cruz Z Purton 10 57 $7
    5 Mirage Dancer Sir M Stoute R Moore 13 57 $7.50
    6 Eagle Way J Moore S de Sousa 9 57 $7.50
    7 Red Verdon E Dunlop J Doyle 3 57 $13
    8 Prince Of Arran C Fellows M Walker 14 57 $13
    9 Ruthven F Lor H Bowman 7 57 $67
    10 Lys Gracieux Y Yahagi J Moreira 12 55.5 $10
    11 Crocosmia K Nishiura Y Iwata 1 55.5 $12
    12 Eziyra D Weld C Lemaire 8 55 $21
    13 Latrobe J O’Brien J McDonald 6 55 $8
    14 Rostropovich A O’Brien W Lordan 11 55 $21
  • No. Silks Horse/Bred Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Highland Reel betting Highland Reel  A O’Brien Ryan Moore 8  57 $3.80
    2 Highland Reel betting Talismanic M Guyon M Guyon 1 57 $6.50
    3 Highland Reel betting Tiberian A Couetil O Peslier 9 57 $7
    4 Highland Reel betting Chemical Charge R Beckett O Murphy 4  57 $7.50
    5 Highland Reel betting Danehill Kodiac  R Hannon S M Levy 10 57 $8
    6 Highland Reel betting Eagle Way  J Moore Tommy Berry 5  57 $8.50
    7 Highland Reel betting Max Dynamite W Mullins G Schofield 2  57 $12
    8 Highland Reel betting Tosen Basil H Fujiwara J Moreira 7  57 $13
    9 Highland Reel betting Gold Mount A S Cruz Z Purton 12  57 $26
    10 Highland Reel betting Helene Charisma J Moore S Clipperton 6 57 $26
    11 Highland Reel betting Smart Call Sir M Stoute J Crowley 11  55.5 $34
    12 Highland Reel betting Kiseki  Katsuhiko Sumii M Demuro 3  55 $34

2020 Hong Kong Vase result


1stMogul ($2.50)
2ndExultant ($1.01)
3rdColumbus County (NTD)

Recent Hong Kong Vase winners

  • The 2020 Hong Kong Vase was made out to be a race in two, the $1.80 favourite Exultant and Mogul as a $2.50. It was the Irish horse Mogul who managed to outstay her rivals as the three-year-old filly went on to claim Group 1 glory by 3.5 lengths in a truly dominant display. Having gained a perfect run in transit in the one-one, Mogul ambled up to the leader Exultant inside the final furlong, where she quickly put the race to be and handed Ryan Moore the first of two Group 1’s that he will ride on the day.
  • In a field full of international superstars it was the Japanesed based Glory Vase, who put a space on his rivals to claim the 2019 Hong Kong Vase. It was a near perfect steer from Moreira who settled his mount midfield with cover and managed to find gaps along the inside to go on to score by over 3 lengths after producing barnstorming finish to hand the horse his first Group 1 success.
  • Exultant was one of the more favoured runners in the 2018 Hong Kong Vase and the money was justified after the Hong Kong-trained runner gripped on for a famous victory. Taken the front early, it always felt like Exultant could be a sitting duck coming into the latter stages after sitting outside the speed but when it looked like Lys Gracieux was going to stroll straight past Exultant dug deep to deliver a memorable win.
  • What a farewell it was for Irish superstar Highland Reel. In what was the stud’s final ever competitive race, the gun galloper delivered yet another G1 win in a foreign jurisdiction. Under a sensational ride from one of the world’s best in Ryan Moore, Highland Reel fought off the fast-finishing Talismatic and Tosen Basil, who would later go on to take up a career under Australian trainer Darren Weir.
  • The Japanese staying form proved too good on the world stage again as Satono Crown ran down race-favourite Highland Reel in the shadows of the post. The four-year-old colt was given a great ride from champion jockey Joao Moreira and when Highland Reel kicked at the top of the straight there was only one horse chasing. The pair put over six lengths on the third horse which was One Foot In Heaven, followed by Nuovo Record in fourth. Read the full report here.
  • Aidan O’Brien continued his assault on global racing when Highland Reel took out the Hong Kong Vase. The Irish runner was a $6 chance in the betting behind race-favourite and 2014 champion Flintshire and after settling forward during the run, it took over in the concluding stages for a stylish victory. It defeated the likes of 2013 winner Dominant and Turnbull Stakes winner Preferment.
  • Flintshire justified its $2.10 odds in 2014 when winning by a half-length at Sha Tin. The Andre Fabre-trained colt settled midfield before cruising to the front in the straight. It held off Willie Cazals which finished second and the field also included 2013 winner Dominant and the always-popular Red Cadeaux. It continued the fine run of Europeans which had won the last 13 of 14.
  • Dominant was an upset winner in the 2013 Hong Kong Vase when it defeated a strong field of Europeans which included The Fugue, Dunaden and Red Cadeaux. The five-year-old was a Irish-bred horse running for Hong Kong-based John Moore and it gave Australian jockey Zac Purton one of his career highlight wins.
  • Red Cadeaux was a true globe-trotter which won only seven races from 54 starts, but that included the 2012 Group 1 Hong Kong Vase. The three-time Melbourne Cup entrant was much-loved by racing fans and punters alike for its ability to run good races at the highest level. The Ed Dunlop-trained gelding would continue to race around the world before suffering a bone fracture in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
  • Another international winner, Dunaden proved too strong for its rivals in 2011. The Mikel Delzangles-trained runner gave Australian jockey Craig Williams a famous win on Hong Kong soil. The win came prior to its 2012 Caulfield Cup win and it showed that Hong Kong Vase form stands up well on the world stage.

Hong Kong Vase winners list

Year Hong Kong Vase Winners List
2020 Mogul
2019 Glory Vase
2018 Exultant
2017 Highland Reel
2016 Satono Crown
2015 Highland Reel
2014 Flintshire
2013 Dominant
2012 Red Cadeaux
2011 Dunaden
2010 Mastery
2009 Daryakana
2008 Doctor Dino
2007 Doctor Dino
2006 Collier Hill
2005 Ouija Board
2004 Phoenix Reach
2003 Vallee Enchantee
2002 Ange Gabriel
2001 Stay Gold
2000 Daliapour
1999 Borgia
1998 Indigenous
1997 Luso
1996 Luso
1995 Partipral
1994 Red Bishop

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