Hong Kong International races

'One Of The Best' HKIR Meetings, As Commingling Turnover Record Of HK$429.6 Million Set

The 2023 Longines Hong Kong International Races have been hailed by Hong Kong Jockey Club chief executive officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges as "one of the best" that the Hong Kong Jockey Club has hosted since he started with the club 25 years ago. A commingling turnover record was set for the 10-race Sha Tin meeting of HK$429.6 million (£43,846,126/€51,090,128/$55,018,239), with a crowd of 65,252 on hand at Sha Tin. That was the largest attendance number recorded at the HKIR since 2019. In addition, turnover at the meeting was HK$1.697 billion (£173,200,365/€201,815,520/$217,332,291)....

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'It Could All Happen Again': Marquand A Live Chance In IJC Title Defence

The Longines International Jockeys' Championship (IJC) is the premier event of its kind in the world, and with good reason, as it brings together 12 of the most-accomplished riders from all corners of the globe vying for the winner's share of the HK$800,000 (£81,120/$102,320) prizemoney on offer. The IJC, the true start of Longines Hong Kong International Races festivities, takes place annually at iconic Happy Valley Racecourse on Hong Kong Island, its tight turns and unique configuration offering up additional challenges, especially for jockeys based outside of Hong Kong. Britain's...

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De Sousa, Marquand Share Longines IJC Title

Coronavirus dictated that it wasn't exactly business at usual at Happy Valley Racecourse for the staging of Wednesday's Longines International Jockeys' Championship. But there was a return to at least some semblance of normalcy, as a crowd of about 11,000 fans filed into the stands and into the beer garden to watch Silvestre de Sousa finish level with Tom Marquand to cause a dead heat for just the third time in the history of the event. The duo shared HK$700,000 (£73,544) in prize money. COVID-19 had already resulted original IJC...

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Zero To 'Sixty' En Route To 15 In A Row

In a race where the final time was outside the standard of Class 3 handicap horses and well over a full second slower than what typical group-level milers put up, reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Golden Sixty (Aus) (Medaglia d'Oro) employed a galactic late turn of speed to win for the 15th straight time and for the 18th time in 19 career starts, successfully defending his title in Sunday's G2 BOCHK Private Wealth Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse. The 6-year-old has not tasted defeat in almost...

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Half-Dozen Riders to Fly European Flag in IJC

Six European-based jockeys will square off against a half-dozen Hong Kong-based riders in the Longines International Jockeys' Championship at Hong Kong's Happy Valley Racecourse Wednesday, Dec. 9. Carrying prizemoney of HK$800,000 (£77,666/€86,943)--with a first prize of HK$500,000--the IJC is the most lucrative jockey competition in the world. The foreign contingent is led by the duo of Tom Marquand and Hollie Doyle, aged 22 and 24, respectively, and each of whom has celebrated a breakout season in 2020. Among Marquand's successes this season include the G1 QIPCO British Champion S. aboard...

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International Campaign For Oxted

G1 July Cup winner Oxted (GB) (Mayson {GB}) is set for an international campaign after being beaten just a length when fifth in last weekend's G1 British Champions Sprint S. The 4-year-old gelding could take in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint on Dec. 13 or wait and prepare for the G1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night next March. "He's fine. He's come out of the race well; no ill effects, so that's good," said trainer Roger Teal of Oxted's Ascot effort. "He was probably just a bit...

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Hong Kong On Skalleti Agenda

Jean-Claude Seroul's Skalleti (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}) could target the Hong Kong International meeting on Dec. 13 off the back of his second-place finish in the G1 Champion S. last weekend. The 5-year-old gelding-who stays in training next year-was trying Group 1 company for the first time in the Champion. He has won nine of his last 12 starts including six black-type races and two runnings of the G2 Prix Dollar. He has been off the board just once in 16 starts. "You always go to the races with a lot...

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