Hong Kong International Races

Win Bright’s Cup Win Completes Japanese Treble In Hong Kong

Win Bright produced a performance hallmarked with toughness to go with his considerable class to complete the Group 1 double of the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) and April’s FWD QEII Cup (2000m) for trainer Yoshihiro Hatakeyama and jockey Masami Matsuoka. In doing so the steel-grey son of Stay Gold held off the late lunge […]

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Beat The Clock Punches In On Top In Hong Kong Sprint

Trainer John Size and jockey Joao Moreira spoke of vindication and feeling humbled in an unusually emotion-charged response to their win with Hong Kong’s most consistent sprinter Beat The Clock in the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) on Sunday at Sha Tin. Moreira declared he would cherish the win “all my life” while Size wiped […]

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Moreira Drives To Glory In Hong Kong Vase

Glory Vase streaked away with the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on Sunday, Dec. 8. The Japanese raider with the most fitting of names carried Joao Moreira to his fifth Hong Kong International Races win – soon to be six – and his first since he guided Satono Crown to a thrilling […]

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Odyssey Of ‘Genuine’ Magic Wand Continues In Hong Kong Cup

Even some of the incredibly well-traveled fillies and mares who have visited the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races over the years are comparative hermits when considering the odyssey of G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup contender Magic Wand. Names on the meeting’s roll of honor such as Alexander Goldrun – three times a runner and once […]

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Frankie Dettori Wins Back-To-Back ‘World’s Best Jockey’ Awards

Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori was celebrated as the 2019 Longines World’s Best Jockey at the Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala dinner. Dettori is the first jockey to win the award in back-to-back years, after also winning in 2018. He first took the title in 2015. With a total of 102 points, Dettori bested Zac Purton […]

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Silvestre De Sousa Will Try To Defend His Title In International Jockeys’ Championship

Hong Kong ‘gets’ Silvestre de Sousa. It has for a good while now. The city’s racing fans, its owners, its trainers, all of them hardheaded judges conditioned to appreciate jockeys endowed with strength, savvy, that all-important ‘fighting heart’, and, above all, an uncanny ability to win – they ‘get’ de Sousa. The Brazilian, for his […]

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New Father Brenton Avdulla Could Upset Hong Kong Sprint Aboard In Her Time

Jockey Brenton Avdulla enjoyed a momentous 2018 – winning the AU$3.5 million G1 Golden Slipper Stakes and both principal jockeys’ premierships in his adopted home New South Wales; securing a riding contract in Japan and marrying Taylor Paine, daughter of former jockey Neil Paine. However, 2019 is ending on a similar high with the birth […]

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Melbourne Cup Runner Up Prince Of Arran Has ‘Unfinished Business’ In Hong Kong

Charlie Fellowes has a charm and approachability that is probably nudging Group 1 class, but talking to Prince Of Arran’s trainer gives the impression of restless ambition. His comments regarding Sunday’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase start to illustrate this. “We have unfinished business in Hong Kong,” the 33-year-old Newmarket trainer declared firmly. The “unfinished […]

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Dettori Crowned Longines World’s Best Jockey For Third Time In Five Years

Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori continues to build upon his legacy and will be crowned the 2019 Longines World’s Best Jockey this December in Hong Kong, SAR. Dettori is the first jockey to win the award in back-to-back years, after also winning in 2018. Overall, he has been named the Longines World’s Best Jockey an impressive three […]

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Almond Eye, Anthony Van Dyck Expected To Headline Hong Kong International Races On Dec. 8

Almond Eye is among a stellar line-up of 50 horses – including 26 G1 winners – selected for the US$12 million Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on Dec. 8. Japan’s superstar is the headliner among a contingent of 24 overseas raiders aiming at this year’s ‘Turf World Championships’. The Longines HKIR is […]

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