Hong Kong Cup News

Australia was unable to produce a winner at Sha Tin on Hong Kong International Race Day, but talented mare Lucia Valentina has produced a strong effort to finish a credible fifth in the 2015 Hong Kong Cup (2000m). Lucia Valentina jumped from the gates fairly in the 2015 Hong Kong…


The Hong Kong Cup

The Group 1 Hong Kong Cup is one of the premier thoroughbred racing showdowns held in Hong Kong every year and is the final leg of the World Series of Racing Championship.

Conducted at the iconic Sha Tin Racecourse in mid December, the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup is a 2000m race for horses aged three years and over.Hong Kong Cup

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The 2014 Hong Kong Cup will be held on December 14th, 2014.

Prize money for the Hong Kong Cup is set at about $20 million (HK) and the race attracts an impressive field of local and international stayers from around the globe.

Sponsored by Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong Cup is one of four elite Group 1 races that take place at the mid December meet.

The other features on the Sha Tin card are the Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Sprint and the Hong Kong Vase.

On the 5th of November, the Melbourne Cup races off! Don’t forget to check out the Melbourne Cup Odds & Melbourne Cup Field.

Hong Kong Cup History

The Hong Kong Cup inaugurated in 1988 when Flying Dancer claimed victory.

Originally the event was only open to runners from Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia however the following year Australian and New Zealand trained horses were allowed to compete.

The prestige and international status of the Hong Kong Cup continued to grow in 1990 when European horses were allowed into the field and following this the admission of horses from the United States (1991) and then Canada and Japan (1992) made the Hong Kong Cup a truly international event.

The Hong Kong Cup started out as an 1800m event before the distance was increased to its current 2000m length in 1999.

The Irish-bred Falbrav holds the Hong Kong Cup race record after winning in a blistering 2:00.90 back in 2003.

Hong Kong Cup Betting

Australian punters can now enjoy betting on the Hong Kong thanks to online bookmakers opening international racing markets.

Leading bookies including Luxbet and Ladbrokes.com.au bring the international action to their customers with exciting odds and betting options on many overseas features including the Hong Kong Cup.

When betting on the Hong Kong Cup good tips include looking at the form and recent runs over 1800m of the horses and keeping an eye on runners with proven experience on right-handed tracks.

No horse has won more than one Hong Kong Cup, making defending champions a risk to back.

In the past decade star jockey Frankie Dettori has ridden three Hong Kong Cup winners with Fantastic Light (2000), Falbrav (2003) and Ramonti (2007), so if Dettori has a mount it is always worth looking at the odds on the horse he rides.

It can also be a top tip to look at the age of the Hong Kong Cup favourites as four-year-olds have an imposing record in the race having won six times from 2000 – 2009.