The International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee (IRPAC) approved the promotion of Hong Kong to Part I of The International Cataloguing Standards (ICS) Book effective September 1, 2016, which will be the beginning of their 2016/2017 racing season. This promotion was ratified by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers (SITA). Seventeen Group races will be opened to international competition and included in Part I of the ICS book as International Group races. Three additional races included in Part I will still be restricted and considered Listed Restricted races internationally.
The following are the seventeen races promoted to International Group status:
• Centenary Sprint Cup G2
• Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy G2
• Premier Bowl G2
• Chairman's Trophy G2
• Sprint Cup G2
• National Day Cup G3
• Celebration Cup G3
• Sa Sa Ladies' Purse G3
• Bauhinia Sprint Trophy G3
• Chinese Club Challenge Cup G3
• January Cup G3
• Centenary Vase G3
• Queen Mother Memorial Cup G3
• Sha Tin Vase G3
• Lion Rock Trophy G3
• Premier Cup G3
• Premier Plate G3
The following races will be Listed Restricted races:
• The Hong Kong Classic Mile
• The Hong Kong Classic Cup
• The BMW Hong Kong Derby
IRPAC also approved the promotion of Korea to Part II of the ICS book effective July 1, 2016 with ratification by SITA. Six races were approved for Part II. Only five of the races are scheduled to run after July 1, 2016, therefore the 2016 ICS publication will only include five of the six races.
The following are the six races that will be included for Korea in Part II:
• The 34th Grand Prix
• The 12th President's Cup
• The 11th Busan Mayor's Cup
• The 9th Owners' Cup
• The 2nd Asia Challenge Cup (SBS Sports) – renamed the Korean Sprint for 2016
• The 27th Ttukseom Cup – will be Part II in 2017 ICS book
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