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2016 Longines Hong Kong International Races Entries

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A Shin Hikari wins the 2015 Longines Hong Kong Cup.
Date: 12/08/2016

The last big event of the year on the international horse racing calendar is the Longines Hong Kong International Races, billed as the Turf World Championships. The four Group 1 events will be contested over the right-handed 1 3/16 mile turf course at Sha Tin on Sunday afternoon (late Saturday/early Sunday morning in America), all of which are under weight-for-age conditions. North American racing fans can watch and wager on the full card of 10 races through TVG in the USA, HPI-TV in Canada and at selected simulcast locations, with the first race going to post at 12:25PM local time (11:25PM ET).

The Longines Hong Kong Vase (G1) will kick off the day's stakes action at 2:00PM local time (1:00AM ET), carded as race 4. The race drew 14 entrants and will be run over the classic distance of 2400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles). Defending champion Highland Reel is back, fresh off his gate-to-wire romp in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), facing last year's Hong Kong Cup (G2) runner-up Nuovo Record, recent winner of the Red Carpet (G3) at Del Mar after finishing 11th in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1).

The Longines Hong Kong Sprint (G1), race 5, is the next race at a distance of 1200 meters (about 6 furlongs) around one turn, and a field of 14 goes to post at 2:40PM (1:40AM ET). Defending champion Peniaphobia and 2014 winner Aerovelocity lead the usual strong local contingent in this race, to be challenged by top Japanese sprinter Red Falx, winner of the Sprinters Stakes (G1) last out.

Race 7, the Longines Hong Kong Mile (G1) drew a full field of 14 and will run at 3:50PM (2:50AM ET), at 1600 meters (about 1 mile) around one turn. Last year's runner-up Giant Treasure faces 2014 winner Able Friend face Irish invader Cougar Mountain, looking to rebound off his 8th place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1).

The highlight race of the day is the Longines Hong Kong Cup (G1), a 2000-meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip around two turns, where a field of 12 will go to post at 4:30PM (3:30AM ET) as race 8. The Japanese send out defending champion A Shin Hikari, who won the Prix d'Ispahan (G1) in France this summer, and last year's Hong Kong Mile winner Maurice, fresh off his Tenno Sho Autumn (G1) victory.

Past performances are available for all the races in PDF format in their form guide. These are not traditional North American type past performances, but they are self-explanatory. Lots of other info like past winners and photos is also provided in the form guide. Click the race numbers below for a race card with trainers, jockeys, weights, and the silks of each horse.

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The connections for the Hong Kong Cup at the barrier draw.
Longines Hong Kong Cup (Group 1) 2000m
HK$20 million (US$2.6 million) Race 8
Program
Number

Horse Name

Country
Post
Position
1A SHIN HIKARIJPN1
2MAURICEJPN8
3DESIGNS ON ROMEHK6
4BLAZING SPEEDHK4
5STAPHANOSJPN7
6LOVELY DAYJPN2
7GUN PITHK5
8SECRET WEAPONHK3
9ELLIPTIQUEFR9
10HORSE OF FORTUNEHK10
11HELENE SUPER STARHK12
12QUEENS RINGJPN11

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The connections for the Hong Kong Mile at the barrier draw.

Longines Hong Kong Mile (Group 1) 1600m
HK$20 million (US$2.6 million) Race 7
Program
Number

Horse Name

Country
Post
Position
1ABLE FRIENDHK14
2CONTENTMENTHK6
3LOGOTYPEJPN2
4GIANT TREASUREHK10
5BEAUTY ONLYHK13
6HELENE PARAGONHK5
7NEOREALISMJPN9
8PACKING PINSHK1
9BEAUTY FLAMEHK12
10COUGAR MOUNTAINIRE7
11ROMANTIC TOUCHHK4
12SATONO ALADDINJPN8
13SUN JEWELLERYHK3
14JOYFUL TRINITYHK11

horse racing
The connections for the Hong Kong Vase at the barrier draw.

Longines Hong Kong Vase (Group 1) 2400m
HK$14 million (US$1.8 million) Race 4
Program
Number

Horse Name

Country
Post
Position
1HIGHLAND REELIRE10
2SILVERWAVEFR1
3BIG ORANGEGB7
4SATONO CROWNJPN9
5HELENE HAPPY STARHK6
6GARLINGARIFR8
7ONE FOOT IN HEAVENFR4
8QUECHUASIN14
9FLAME HEROHK5
10BENZININZ11
11EASTERN EXPRESSHK2
12ANTICIPATIONHK3
13NUOVO RECORDJPN12
14SMART LAYERJPN13

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The connections for the Hong Kong Sprint at the barrier draw.

Longines Hong Kong Sprint (Group 1) 1200m
HK$12 million (US$1.6 million) Race 5
Program
Number

Horse Name

Country
Post
Position
1AEROVELOCITYHK2
2LUCKY BUBBLESHK5
3PENIAPHOBIAHK1
4NOT LISTENIN'TOMEHK4
5AMAZING KIDSHK7
6BIG ARTHURJPN13
7REBEL DANEAUS8
8SIGNS OF BLESSINGFR14
9RED FALXJPN10
10STRATHMOREHK3
11GROWLGB12
12TAKEDOWNAUS6
13PURE SENSATIONUSA11
14SUPER JOCKEYHK9

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