Hong Kong Racing

December 10, 2009 - by Lawrence · Filed Under Singapore Racing News  

barriers-2The 2009 Hong Kong International Races will be held at the ShaTin Racecourse turf. This race day features four great races namely the Hong Kong Vase, The Hong Kong Mile, The Hong Kong Sprint and the Hong Kong Cup. This Cathay Pacific-sponsored event is billed as the greatest show on turf due to the intensity that each race is contested.

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The first race is the 2,400 metre Hong Kong Vase. Established in 1994, this proves to be the longest race among the four and this year’s cast is starred by 14 thoroughbreds aged three and above. These horses will fight for a big share of the HK$14,000,000 or US$1.8 million prize pool.

Headlining the competitor’s list is Hong Kong horse of the year and seven-time Group 1 winner Viva Pataca with a 3:1 betting odd. He will be chased by Group 1 winner and highest-ranked runner Youzmain with an identical 3:1 odd and Grand Prix de Saint Cloud winner Spanish Moon with a 7:1 odd.

Next on the race list is the Hong Kong Mile which is staged for exactly 1,600 metres or a mile. This race was first held in 1991 over 1,400 metres and under the name Hong Kong International Bowl. However, its 1992 edition was postponed until April 1993 due to a spreading equine virus.

Like the Hong Kong Vase, 14 horses will fight for a large sum from the HK$16,000,000 or US$2 million prize pool. Leading the horse parade is Good Ba Ba who is looking for a third straight Hong Kong Mile victory with a betting odds of 11:8. Meanwhile, Happy Zero is breathing down its neck with a 4:1 betting odd while Egyptian Ra, the second best horse in Hong Kong, has what it takes to win with a 12:1 betting odd.

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The third part of the race day is filled by the 1,200 metre Hong Kong Sprint. This year’s edition is the race’s tenth and it might live up to a Hong Kong vs. the world billing as the best sprinters from America, Europe, Australia and Japan will race to end Hong Kong’s seven-year dominance on this HK$12,000,000 or US$1.55 million event.

Leading the non-Hong Kong bred horses is Australia’s Horse of the Year Scenic Blast with a 6:1 betting odd and eight-time Australian Group 1 winner Apache Cat with an 8:1 odd. Joining their cause is All Silent with a 5:1 odd. Also joining the strong cast are 2007 Hong Kong Sprint winner Sacred Kingdom with an 11:1 odd and America’s top turf sprinter California Flag with an odd of 6:1

And finally, there is the Hong Kong Cup. Since its inception in 1989, no thoroughbred has won it more than once. That won’t be surprise for horses and jockeys would give their all to win a big part of the HK$20,000,000 or US$2.58 million pool. The early favourite in this year’s race is defending Hong Kong Cup champion and Breeder’s Cup Turf runner-up Eagle Mountain with a 7:1 odd.

Not to be disregarded are Audemars Piguet QEII Cup winner Presvis with a 5:2 betting odd and French Derby winner Vision D’Etat with a 5:1 odd. Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Trial and CX International Cup Trial defending champion Unique Jewelry can also steal the limelight with a 50:1 odd.

Certainly, each race can be disputed down the wire. Therefore, bet on your favorite horses at your preferred online betting websites before it goes down the wire.

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