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2001 Hong Kong International Races Form Data

Silvano will repesent the United States in the Hong Kong Cup. Photo courtesy of Deborah Kral.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has succeeded in luring the cream of international horseracing to the Hong Kong International Races to take place at Sha Tin on December 16 (this translates to December 15 in North America). The greatest day in Hong Kong's sporting calendar has attracted unprecedented quality and interest from the world's leading owners and trainers with a total of 40 horses from nine countries having been invited to contest the four races that comprise the Turf World Championships: The Hong Kong Cup (Gr.1 - 2000m), The Hong Kong Mile (Gr.1 - 1600m), The Hong Kong Vase (Gr.1 - 2400m) and The Hong Kong Sprint (Gr.2 - 1000m). Below is a bit of info about each race plus links to full form data for all the entrants in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

The Hong Kong Sprint (Group 2 - 1000m)

Newly upgraded to Group 2 status, the third running of the Hong Kong Sprint is the richest Group race in the world over 1000m at HK$8 million (approx. $1.02 million US). Horses trained in Hong Kong (Fairy King Prawn) and Australia (Falvelon) triumphed in 1999 and 2000 respectively in this global speed championship event.

Hong Kong Sprint Form Data in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

The Hong Kong Vase (Group 1 - 2400m)

The fourth richest 2400m race in the world at HK$14 million (approx. $1.8 million US), the Hong Kong Vase is worth more than the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. Europeans have won the last two renewals of the Vase with Borgia (1999) and Daliapour (2000).

Hong Kong Vase Form Data in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

The Hong Kong Mile (Group 1 - 1600m)

The Mile is the richest international mile race in the world worth HK$14 million (approx. $1.8 million US), Docksider triumphed in 1999 and last year the race staged one of the most gripping finishes ever witnessed at Sha Tin when Sunline narrowly prevailed over the Hong Kong's champion Fairy King Prawn.

Hong Kong Mile Form Data in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

The Hong Kong Cup (Group 1 - 2000m)

The Hong Kong Cup is the richest race on turf in the world over 2000m at HK$18 million (approx. $2.3 million US). It is also the final leg of the Emirates World Series and last year Fantastic Light won it to claim the World Champion title outright. Jim And Tonic won the Cup in 1999.

The Hong Kong Cup is the best and most fascinating event of all, as befits its standing on the international racing circuit. The Cup features Silvano and Jim And Tonic, both of whom are equally rated on a mark of 123. However, the Japanese champion Agnes Digital, Tobougg representing Godolphin, and Ballydoyle's Bach are certain to provide these champions with the stiffest of tasks.

Hong Kong Cup Form Data in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

More info on the Hong Kong Cup

Information courtesy of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.