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Hong Kong°«s Centenary Sprint Cup has attained Group 1 status ahead of the 2017/18 season and will carry a purse of HK$10 million, a HK$2 million increase that aligns its value with other Group 1 events staged at Sha Tin Racecourse.

The 1200m contest°«s upgrade brings the total number of Hong Kong Group 1 races to 12 and follows the Asian Pattern Committee°«s endorsement of an application from the Hong Kong Pattern Committee.

The Centenary Sprint Cup was run at international Group 2 level in 2017 following 16 years as a domestic Hong Kong Group 1. The list of past winners reads like an honour roll of Hong Kong°«s sprinting stars, including two-time winners Silent Witness (2004, 2005), Sacred Kingdom (2010, 2011), Eagle Regiment (2012, 2013) and Peniaphobia (2015, 2017), along with former Horse of the Year Grand Delight (2003), and Champion Sprinters Absolute Champion (2008) and Aerovelocity (2016). This will be the third consecutive season in which the Centenary Sprint Cup is contested over 1200m after having been run over 1000m for most of its history.

The race is scheduled for Sunday, 28 January at Sha Tin Racecourse, offering racing fans a Group 1 double on the day with the G1 Stewards°« Cup (1600m) on the same programme.

Sprinters Stakes - Hong Kong Entries18 Aug 2017

The following Hong Kong horses have been entered for the Sprinters Stakes to be held at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday 1 October 2017.

Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1200m, Turf)

Blizzard (P F Yiu)
Lucky Year (C S Shum)

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Rapper Dragon named Horse of the Year at Hong Kong°«s Champion Awards18 Jul 2017

Rapper Dragon claimed the Hong Kong Horse of the Year award at a sparkling ceremony held at the Grand Hyatt tonight, Friday 14 July. Hong Kong°«s standout four-year-old made history during the season when he became the first horse to win all three legs of Hong Kong°«s Four-Year-Old Classic Series.

John Moore°«s stable star had an outstanding sophomore Hong Kong campaign with four wins from six starts before his sad demise following the G1 Champions Mile. The gelding, who raced in the blue and red silks of owner Albert Hung, improved sharply after a smart seasonal appearance at December°«s LONGINES Hong Kong International Race meeting, displaying superiority over his peers in the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) and Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), and then completing a sweep of Hong Kong°«s three-race Four-Year-Old Classic Series in the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m).

°»This is a really classy animal,°… Moore said after the Derby victory. °»I°«ll call him my champion because he°«s won me a Derby.°…

Rapper Dragon was also named the Champion Middle-distance Horse, based on his brilliant performances in the Hong Kong Classic Cup and the BMW Hong Kong Derby. The ascendant chestnut then impressed again when taking on a group of proven elders in the G2 Chairman°«s Trophy (1600m) to land his second Group race win in his career, having won the G3 Lion Rock Trophy as a three-year-old during his first season in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Rapper Dragon also secured 57.5% of the public vote to claim the Most Popular Horse title.

Beauty Only was named the season°«s Champion Miler. The Tony Cruz-trained six-year-old won two of his nine starts, including the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile and the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile. The Holy Roman Emperor gelding performed consistently throughout the season, finishing second on three occasions, including in the G1 Champions Mile, the G2 Chairman°«s Trophy (1600m) and the G3 Celebration Cup (1400m). At his latest outing he finished a creditable sixth in the G1 Yasuda Kinen in Japan.

The Champion Sprinter award went to the retired Aerovelocity, who also won this award in the 2014/15 season. The Pins gelding is rated as one of the toughest horses ever to have competed on the Hong Kong circuit. Aerovelocity started this season with two encouraging runs, finishing third in both the G2 Premier Bowl (1200m) and the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint (1200m), and then bounced back for a second triumph in the 2016 edition of the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m). He remains the only locally-trained horse to have won G1 races in three different jurisdictions.

2015/16 Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther claimed the Champion Stayer title this season. The John Moore-trained stalwart won the G1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup, one of only three mile-and-a-half races staged in Hong Kong, to seal the award.

Premiere, a three-year-old from the John Size stable with three eye-catching wins from 12 starts, claimed the Champion Griffin Award.

Size sealed the Champion Trainer title for a ninth time and Joao Moreira the Champion Jockey title for a third consecutive season.

The season°«s Most Popular Jockey and the winner of the Tony Cruz Award will be revealed during racing at Sunday°«s (16 July) season finale at Sha Tin. Most Improved Horse of the Year will also be awarded on that day.

The recently-retired champions Able Friend and Aerovelocity were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards in recognition of their great contributions to Hong Kong racing.

The Champion Awards Judging Panel announced the winners for the 2016/17 season during this evening°«s presentation ceremony as follows:-

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Hong Kong season closes with strong growth and new highs18 Jul 2017

Hong Kong°«s 2016/17 season closed out at Sha Tin Racecourse today, Sunday 16 July, with Time Warp°«s impressive Sha Tin Mile Trophy victory played out before a crowd of 36,949 and season-long turnover hitting a new high of HK$117.4 billion.

Hong Kong Jockey Club CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said: °»Our growth this year has been extraordinary, it has surprised me how strong it has been. This time last year we weathered a small economic storm that impacted the region and resulted in a 2% dip in our overall turnover, our first decline in eight seasons. To come back from that with a new record of HK$117.456 billion for the season, up 10.7% on 2015/16, is a tremendous performance.°…

That record figure tops the HK$107.925 billion high of 2014/15 and strengthens the Club°«s contribution to the community via taxation.

°»Our rise in turnover means that we will make a record tax contribution of HK$13.1 billion, a HK$1 billion increase on last year, which shows the strength of our product and the important contribution we make to the Hong Kong community,°… Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges said.

Today°«s race-day turnover came in at HK$1.858 billion – a record for an 11-race meeting in Hong Kong. The CEO acknowledged the extended season, which for the first time this term ran to 88 fixtures, five more than in the past, was a factor in that rise, but more so the success of the Club°«s commingling strategy.

°»Although we had five more mid-week race meetings this season, we staged only 22 more races. Comparing the full season of 83 meetings last year to this season°«s equivalent, our turnover is really up 6.9%, with about two-thirds of that growth from local turnover and one third from commingling turnover,°… he said.

°»The incredible interest in Hong Kong racing from the commingling jurisdictions is one of the main drivers in this year°«s growth,°… he continued. °»If you look at last year, the total turnover from commingling was HK$3.47 billion, which was 3.3% of the total; this year, with our expanding portfolio of partners, total turnover from commingling was HK$6.5 billion, an astounding increase of 87.1% and 5.7% of the total. This gives us significant optimism going into next season because we can see that the attractiveness of Hong Kong racing°«s quality has really captured overseas markets.°…

Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges also said it was °»encouraging°… to see increased day-to-day overseas interest in Hong Kong racing, which is now aired around the world. Today°«s commingling turnover was a record at HK$183.4 million.

°»Hong Kong racing attracts more and more attention because we are providing highly competitive racing, large field sizes, access to unparalleled racing information, and, of course, we ensure high standards when it comes to integrity and racing control measures,°… he said.
He also pointed to the Club°«s total gross margin this term: °»A prime indicator of the health of our business is total gross margin,°… he said, °»so it is particularly pleasing to see that figure reach a record level, too, at HK$4.77 billion for the season, up 7.2% on last season.°…

The CEO also noted the high calibre of participants in Hong Kong, from elite jockeys and trainers, such as this season°«s record-breaking champions Joao Moreira and John Size, to world-ranked horses.

°»It is only 20 years since Hong Kong was first represented in the international rankings with Johan Cruyff, so to end 2016 with 26 horses in the World°«s Best Racehorse Rankings, which is a record for us, shows that we have come a long way,°… he said, acknowledging that, °»it will be tough for us to top that figure next season given our population of only 1,200 horses and the recent retirements of our stars like Able Friend, Designs On Rome and Aerovelocity.°…

He pointed to some exciting highlights in the 2016/17 season, particularly Rapper Dragon°«s historic sweep in the three-race Hong Kong Four-Year-Old Classic Series, and some fine Group 1 performances at Sha Tin°«s big international race days.

°»We have witnessed some exceptional sport this season,°… he said. °»Our international races were again world-class in December thanks to Maurice in the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup and Satono Crown°«s defeat of Highland Reel in an outstanding Hong Kong Vase – the form of that race has held up very strongly since. And Hong Kong horses emphasised their talents once again, taking the first four places in the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile and LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint.°…

The season°«s total race-day attendance was 2.167 million, while average attendance came in at 24,600 – the same figure as a year ago – and, looking to the future, Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges said that with the final stage of the Racecourse Master Plan almost complete, the Jockey Club will continue to provide on-course entertainment options suited to its various customer segments.

°»In the face of an abundance of competing personal entertainment options, we have made a conscious effort to provide modern, interactive and engaging racecourse experiences, and we greatly appreciate the on-going support of racing fans,°… he said.

Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges thanked the Club°«s Owners, Members, race fans, the racing media and the Club°«s staff for their continued support.

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Time Warp impresses at Hong Kong°«s season finale18 Jul 2017

By David Morgan

Time Warp (112lb) ran his rivals a merry dance for the third time in as many races, with a powerful front-running display that annexed the Sha Tin Mile Trophy Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin°«s Season Finale fixture today, Sunday, 16 July.

An assured make-all ride from regular partner Alvin Ng ensured that the last Class 1 silverware of the 2016/17 campaign went to owner Martin Siu°«s galloper, a five-time winner in Europe for Sir Mark Prescott pre-import, the last two of those in French Listed grade.

°»He loves to be in front and he°«s a very fit horse, he°«s even fitter than his last race,°… said Ng after the strapping chestnut had maintained a length and three quarters of daylight over the deep-closing runner-up Booming Delight (123lb).

°»He didn°«t have a quick start today but he soon picked up, and, with the draw from gate one, we were able to take the early initiative and dictate the pace. Once he got to the front we were in total control.

°»I ride him every day and he°«s really settled into his stride now in Hong Kong. He°«s shown improvement in his last three races and I think he can keep on improving,°… he added.

Ng has enjoyed a late-season flourish of sorts thanks to the Tony Cruz-trained Time Warp°«s hat-trick, this being the rider°«s fifth win of the term. But the jockey, despite another confident display on his part, admitted to some pre-race doubts.

°»Before this race I was a little bit doubtful about whether he could have that kind of performance at this level, but he°«s gone and won easily, and I°«d be hopeful that he can progress to be competitive in the better races – I hope I will still have the chance to ride him next season,°… he said of the 3.7 market third choice, a back-to-back winner at Happy Valley before returning to Sha Tin for this, his 10th Hong Kong start.

°»I did wonder if this horse was a Happy Valley specialist after his two wins there, but after today he showed that he can handle the Sha Tin track well, too,°… he added.

°»It°«s been a good end to the season for me. I just keep working hard and thankfully Mr. Cruz has given me an opportunity on this horse.°…

The John Size-trained three-year-old Beat The Clock, the race°«s 2.1 favourite was a further length and three quarters back in third under Joao Moreira.

Size and Moreira made amends in the next, the Class 3 Mr Award Handicap (1400m), as Hong Kong debutant Calculation, a Dundalk maiden winner for John Oxx pre-import, led from trap to line. It was the champion jockey°«s 170th win this season.

And the duo struck again in the 10th race, the Class 3 Medic Kingdom Handicap (1200m), with the game three-year-old Ivictory.

Chang°«s sweet sixteen

It was a nail-biting start to the day for trainer Michael Chang. The popular handler went into the 11-race card with 15 wins for the season, one short of the minimum required to avoid a first career strike. The Hong Kong Jockey Club operates a three-strikes-and-you°«re-out system for trainers, with three failures to reach the minimum win or prize money (HK$18.5 million) benchmarks leading to a loss of licence. Chang had banked HK$16.89 million.

To the trainer°«s obvious relief, and the delight of the Sha Tin faithful, Our Folks hit the board to nail the magic 16 just three races in.

°»It was worrying – my heart was pounding – but I°«m happy now. I thought I could win 1-2-3!°… Chang said.

He almost did. The trainer, most famous for his fine handling of the G1-winning dirt track sprinter, Rich Tapestry, has hit a rough patch in recent seasons but went into the afternoon with three smart chances at the head of the card.

First up was 9/1 shot Starry Starlies (113lb) in the Class 5 Being Famous Handicap (1200m), but a big effort could not prevent his career figures going to zero from 20. The 17-rated gelding finished two short-heads third at the end of a grinding stretch run that flattered but failed as Alberto Sanna prevailed on Happy Fiery Dragon (130lb) for Derek Cruz.

Then came Je Pense (132lb), with the in-from Italian up top, in the Class 5 My Choice Handicap (1800m). Sanna got to work well before the home turn, driving the maiden wide for an agonising will-he-won°«t-he run to the line. But Almond Lee°«s Proud Sky (129lb) held the edge by a short-head at the wire under Keith Yeung, second to Sanna in the previous contest.

°»Je Pense is lazy. Alberto said he threw everything at the horse, it was a good ride, but the horse just doesn°«t put everything in,°… Chang said.

Our Folks (127lb) broke the tension in the next, the Class 4 Big Profit Handicap (1200m). The 3.4 second-favourite obliged under gun apprentice Matthew Poon. That raised a trademark warm smile from Chang and prompted a flurry of handshakes and back slaps.

°»This horse has been running quite well, and today he had a good draw and Matthew Poon, so I was quite confident he could win. He°«s a very good apprentice,°… Chang said of Poon, °»he claims seven pounds but he°«s not a boy, he°«s already a little man!°…

Poon ended his first Hong Kong season with 22 wins after taking the last, the Class 2 Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association Trophy (1400m) on Solar Hei Hei for his boss, David Hall.

Dennis Yip and Douglas Whyte teamed up as The Full Bloom quickened through a rain storm to see off fellow grey Silverfield in the fourth, the Class 4 Joy And Fun Handicap (1400m), and Yip doubled up when Kei Chiong drove Generous Bobo to victory in the Class 4 Sight Winner Handicap (1400m).

Neil Callan, secure in third-place in the jockeys°« premiership, added a 47th win for the term when the Richard Gibson-trained King Of Mongolia won the Class 4 Miraculous Handicap (1800m). Zac Purton and Peter Ho combined to take the Class 3 Entrapment Handicap (1600m) with Green Energy.

Season°«s final awards

After racing, Derek Leung was presented with the Tony Cruz Award as the season°«s most successful homegrown rider. The jockey rode 25 winners during the campaign, despite twice being sidelined due to injury.

And Champion Jockey Joao Moreira was recognised as the season°«s Most Popular Jockey following a public vote.

Race fans also voted Australia°«s super mare Winx the season°«s Most Admired Overseas Horse, while the John Size-trained D B Pin was confirmed the Most Improved Horse after rising 55 points in the ratings.

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Season Finale Race Meeting will be held at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday13 Jul 2017

Hong Kong°«s 2016/17 Season Finale race meeting will be held this Sunday (16 July) at Sha Tin Racecourse. The unveiling of the Tony Cruz Award winner, as well as the Most Improved Horse and the Most Popular Jockey awards are among the afternoon°«s many highlights, as is the ever-popular jockey parade.

The Tony Cruz Award was introduced last year to recognise the homegrown jockey who achieves the most wins in a season. Hong Kong Jockey Club Chairman Dr. Simon S O Ip will present this season°«s Tony Cruz Award after the final race. Jockey Derek Leung, who has ridden 25 winners this term, is now leading, with his nearest rivals Matthew Poon and Kei Chiong both five wins adrift on 20 for the campaign.

The Club°«s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges will present the Most Popular Jockey award, while Dr. Allen Shi, President of the Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association, will present the Most Improved Horse award. The result of the Most Admired Overseas Horse, voted for by the public, will also be announced. Connections of all Champion Awards winners, as well as Champion Jockey and Champion Trainer, will be on stage for a group photo to round off the 2016/17 racing season.

The day will close with the ever-popular Season Finale Parade on the turf track, with jockeys saying farewell and thanks to fans, and handing out souvenirs.

Throughout the day, racegoers will get $100 off on a minimum spend of $300 on selected merchandise at Sha Tin Racecourse°«s °»Gift at Races°… souvenir shops. Popular racing-themed merchandise will be on sale at up to 70% off the regular price at the Season Finale Bazaar taking place at 1/F, Grandstand II. The Club°«s Horse Mascots will also make appearances for photo opportunities with racing fans.

There will be 11 races on the card, with the first race starting at 12:30 pm. Admission starts at 10:30 am. For enquiries, please call the HKJC°«s Customer Hotline 1817. All racegoers must be aged 18 or above.

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Hong Kong Race Info

Sun,16 Jul 2017 Shatin
R Post Time Race Name Class Distance Track No.of
Horses
HKT JST
1 12:30 13:30 BEING FAMOUS HANDICAP C5 1200m TURF 12
2 13:00 14:00 MY CHOICE HANDICAP C5 1800m TURF 14
3 13:30 14:30 BIG PROFIT HANDICAP C4 1200m TURF 12
4 14:00 15:00 JOY AND FUN HANDICAP C4 1400m TURF 14
5 14:30 15:30 MIRACULOUS HANDICAP C4 1800m TURF 14
6 15:00 16:00 SIGHT WINNER HANDICAP C4 1400m TURF 14
7 15:30 16:30 ENTRAPMENT HANDICAP C3 1600m TURF 14
8 16:05 17:05 THE SHA TIN MILE TROPHY (HANDICAP) C1 1600m TURF 8
9 16:40 17:40 MR AWARD HANDICAP C3 1400m TURF 14
10 17:15 18:15 MEDIC KINGDOM HANDICAP C3 1200m TURF 12
11 17:50 18:50 THE HONG KONG RACEHORSE OWNERS ASSOCIATION TROPHY (HANDICAP) C2 1400m TURF 14

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