Hong Kong Derby

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Hong Kong Derby
Group One race
2009 Hong Kong Derby.JPG
The start of the 2009 Hong Kong Derby
Location Sha Tin Racecourse
Hong Kong
Inaugurated 1873
Race type Thoroughbred
Website Hong Kong Derby
Race information
Distance 2000m (10 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old only
Weight Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 122 lbs. (55.3 kg)
Purse HK$18 million

The Hong Kong Derby is a Hong Kong Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1873. Restricted to horses four-years-old only since 1981, the race is run in mid-March and is the premier event on the domestic racing programme with a purse of HK$18 million (app. US$2.3 million).

The first Hong Kong Derby was raced at Happy Valley Racecourse but in 1979 was transferred permanently to its present location at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Since 1981, the Derby has been won by several horses who went on to earn Hong Kong Horse of the Year honors including Football, Co-Tack, Yuno When and River Verdon. In 2003, Elegant Fashion became the first filly to win the Derby since 1976.

From 2004 to 2012, the race was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. It is sponsored by BMW since 2013.

Race distance[edit]

The racing distance of the Hong Kong Derby has varied over the years. From 2000 to present, the distance has been 2000 metres, with the starting point in front of the Sha Tin grandstand. From 1977 to 1999, the race was held over 1800m. From 1973 to 1976, the distance was 2230m. From 1967 to 1972, the distance was "From The Two Mile Post Once Round & In" (1 mile 171 yards.) From 1963 to 1966, the distance was 1 1/4 mile. In 1961 & 1962, the distance was "From the Half Mile Post Once Round & In" (1 mile 3 furlongs 65 yards.) From 1947 to 1960, the distance was 1 1/2 mile.

Past winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2017 Rapper Dragon Joao Moreira John Moore Albert Hung Chao Hong 2:02.88
2016 Werther Hugh Bowman John Moore Johnson Chen 2:01.76
2015 Luger Zac Purton John Size Terry Fok Kwong Hang 2:01.28
2014 Designs On Rome Tommy Berry John Moore Cheng Keung Fai 2:02.04
2013 Akeed Mofeed Douglas Whyte Richard Gibson Pan Sutong 2:01.84
2012 Fay Fay Douglas Whyte John Size Alexander Wong 2:04.41
2011 Ambitious Dragon Maxime Guyon Anthony T. Millard Lam Pui Hung 2:01.50
2010 Super Satin Douglas Whyte Caspar Fownes Ranjan Tikam Mahtani 2:03.59
2009 Collection Darren Beadman John Moore 07/08 John Moore Trainer Syndicate 2:02.50
2008 Helene Mascot Felix Coetzee Tony Cruz Dawson Woo Ka Chung, Wilson Woo Ka Wah et al. 2:01.3
2007 Vital King Brett Prebble Paul O'Sullivan Chong Man-lung 2:02.9
2006 Viva Pataca Christophe Soumillon John Moore Stanley Ho Hung-Sun 2:04.6
2005 Vengeance of Rain Anthony Delpech David E. Ferraris Chow Nam & Raymond Gianco Chow Hon Man 2:04.3
2004 Lucky Owners Felix Coetzee Tony Cruz Leung Kai Fai 2:02.6
2003 Elegant Fashion Gerald Mosse David A. Hayes Gene Tsoi Wai-wang 2:03.6
2002 Olympic Express Weichong Marwing Ivan Allan Larry Yung Chi Kin 2:05.1
2001 Industrial Pioneer Gerald Mosse Brian Kan Ping-chee Albert Hu Si Nok et al. 2:03.1
2000 Keen Winner Robbie Fradd Anthony T. Millard Victor Lui Ting et al. 2:03.3
1999 Holy Grail David Harrison Ivan Allan Mr & Mrs Michael C. Kwee 1:47.1
1998 Johan Cruyff Eric Legrix Patrick L. Biancone Thomas Liang Ting Sen 1:47.7
1997 Oriental Express Basil Marcus Ivan Allan Larry Yung Chi Kin 1:47.6
1996 Che Sara Sara Michael Kinane David Oughton Paul Kan Man-Lok 1:49.3
1995 Makarpura Star Tony Cruz John Moore Frank Wong Wing-Pak 1:49.5
1994 Super Fit Gerald Mosse Lawrie Fownes Stanley Ho Sau Nan et al. 1:49.5
1993 Helene Star Eric Legrix Patrick L. Biancone Mr & Mrs Woo Po Shing et al. 1:48.0
1992 Sound Print Michael Kinane Brian Kan Ping-chee Edmund Tam Wing Fan 1:48.4
1991 River Verdon John Matthias David Hill Sir Oswald Cheung & The Hon Ronald Arculli 1:48.1
1990 Reliable Source Maurice Philipperon Peter B. K. Ng Charles Lui Chi Keung 1:53.2
1989 William's Coach Bart Leisher Brian Kan Ping-chee Ma Hay Yan 1:47.7
1988 Clear City Tony Cruz P. M. Chu 1:48.2
1987 Tea For Two II Tony Cruz C. L. Ng 1:49.1
1986 Yuno When C. M. Cheng Brian Kan Ping-chee D. C. da Silva 1:49.2
1985 Superior Gold Brian Rouse Brian Kan Ping-chee Joseph Lo Sze Kuen 1:50.1
1984 Baby Tiger Philippe Paquet T. C. Cheng Shih Yeh-Ming 1:51.0
1983 Co-Tack Tony Cruz T. P. Wong Tsui Tack Kong & Tsui Tack Suen 1:54.0
1982 Football Joe Mercer T. C. Cheng Lau Yiu Chu 1:49.8
1981 Flash of Gold Gary Moore G. Moore Colin Chan Ken Pin 1:47.6
1980 Excalibur Gary Moore G. Moore Li & Fenton 1:47.9
1979 Great Success D. Brosnan G. Sofronoff Leung Sik Wah 1:47.5
1978 Top Gain Peter Miers Tam Man Kui Kaichu Jay 1:53.3
1977 Grand Duke P. Eddery P.M. Chue Lee Pak Huen 1:50.8
1976 Corvette P. Paquet P. Supple John J. Swaine 2:24.6
1975 Breathing Exercise P. Eddery J. H. Brown John C.P. Koo 2:24.1
1974 Throgmorton T. C.Cheng N. Metrevelli Wayfoong 2:21.4
1973 Kentucky Lad G. Cadwaladr J. H. Brown T. C. Yuen 2:24.3
1972 Vivacious T. C. Cheng G. Safronoff Chan Wai Kam 1:50.3
1971 Gwynt-Teq G. B. Collopy D. Belov R. Beynon 1:52.1
1970 Mount Superior A. J. Silva Lee Tin Lam Dr. & Mrs. Yen Ching Lan 1:50.4
1969 Paddy G. H. Williams Tam Man Kui D. Benson 1:51
1968 Excel T. J. Hore Lee Tin Lam RV Louey & LE Louey 1:51.4
1967 Ascot Alex Lam Chong Hok Man Ng Chung Kwan 1:51.3
1966 Tender Heart T. Lam N. Metrevelli Dr. R. A. Perry 2:14
1965 Lakh Mark J. M. da Cruz N. Metrevelli Kwong Wing Kam 2:10.4
1964 Czarina Albert Lam Cheung Hok Man Chiu Keung Wu 2:09.4
1963 Big Game G. H. William M/ Pereboeff Lai Im Tong 2:06.2
1962 Liar Dice R. Tsai Lee Tim Lam PVCE Libenschutz
1961 Walbrook R. Tsai N. Metrevelli Wayfoong

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