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Longines Hong Kong Sprint

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BEAT THE CLOCK winning the Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.
BEAT THE CLOCK winning the Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in Hong Kong. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Longines Hong Kong Sprint is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for the sprinters at Sha Tin conducted by Hong Kong Jockey Club.
It is run as part of the Longines Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) meeting run in December each year.
The Longines Hong Kong Sprint is run over 1200m. It was first run in 1999 and was won by Fairy King Prawn.
The first runnings were as a Listed Race over 1000m but became 1200m in 2006.
It was then a Group 3 in 2000, Group 2 after that before becoming a Group 1 from 2002.
Most wins by a Trainer (3): Ricky Yiu and Tony Cruz.
Most wins by a Jockey (3): Brett Prebble.
Six horses have won the Sprint twice:- Falvelon, Silent Witness, Sacred Kingdom, Lord Kanaloa, Aerovelocity and Mr Stunning.
Some grand sprinters over the years have won and some all-time favourites from Hong Kong are amongst them. That is because the sprinters are the horses best known internationally from there – such as Silent Witness, Absolute Champion, Sacred Kingdom, Lucky Nine and Aerovelocity.
Of the overseas winners, Falvelon won twice for Brisbane trainer Danny Bougoure and Damien Oliver before it became a G1, winning up the 1000m straight. J J The Jet Plane scored for South Africa and the Japanese powerhouse Lord Kanaloa won twice.
The Longines Hong Kong Sprint is now the final leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.
Mr Stunning was one of Hong Kong's four home trained winners on International Day 2018.
The Longines Hong Kong Sprint was worth HK$20m in 2019.
Notable winners of the Longines Hong Kong Sprint include Mr Stunning (2017/2018), Aerovelocity (2014/2016), Lord Kanaloa (2012/2013), Sacred Kingdom (2007/2009), Absolute Champion (2006), Silent Witness (2003/2004), Falvelon (2000/2001) and Fairy King Prawn (1999).
The 2019 Longines Hong Kong Sprint was won by Beat The Clock from Hot King Prawn and Aethero.
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Previous Longines Hong Kong Sprint Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
BEAT THE CLOCK (AUS) 6G
Hinchinbrook (AUS) - FLION FENENA (AUS) LION HUNTER (AUS)
J MOREIRA 57.0 JOHN SIZE 3
MR STUNNING (AUS) 6G
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - With Fervour (USA) DAYJUR (USA)
K TEETAN 57.0 F C LOR 9
MR STUNNING (AUS) 5G
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - With Fervour (USA) DAYJUR (USA)
N RAWILLER 57.0 JOHN SIZE 4
AEROVELOCITY (NZ) 8G
PINS (AUS) - EXODUS (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
Z PURTON 57.0 P O'SULLIVAN 2
PENIAPHOBIA (IRE) 4G
DANDY MAN (IRE) - UMLANI (IRE) GREAT COMMOTION (USA)
J MOREIRA 57.0 A S CRUZ 14
AEROVELOCITY (NZ) 6G
PINS (AUS) - EXODUS (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
Z PURTON 57.0 P O'SULLIVAN 7
LORD KANALOA (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LADY BLOSSOM (JPN) STORM CAT (USA)
Y IWATA 57.0 TAKEHIRO YASUDA 12
LORD KANALOA (JPN) 4H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LADY BLOSSOM (JPN) STORM CAT (USA)
Y IWATA 57.0 TAKEHIRO YASUDA 6
LUCKY NINE (IRE) 4G
DUBAWI (IRE) - BIRJAND (GB) GREEN DESERT (USA)
B PREBBLE 57.0 C FOWNES 6
J J THE JET PLANE (SAF) 6G
JET MASTER (SAF) - MAJESTIC GUEST (SAF) NORTHERN GUEST (USA)
PIERE STRYDOM 57.0 LUCKY HOUDALAKIS
SACRED KINGDOM (AUS) 6G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - COURTROOM SWEETIE (AUS) ZEDITAVE (AUS)
B PREBBLE 58.0 P F YIU 7
INSPIRATION (AUS) 5G
FLYING SPUR (AUS) - LA BAMBA (AUS) LAST TYCOON (AUS)
D BEADMAN 58.0 JOHN MOORE 9
SACRED KINGDOM (AUS) 4G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - COURTROOM SWEETIE (AUS) ZEDITAVE (AUS)
G MOSSE 58.0 P F YIU 6
ABSOLUTE CHAMPION (AUS) 5G
MARAUDING (NZ) - BEAUTY BELLE (AUS) IDEAL PLANET (AUS)
B PREBBLE 58.0 DAVID HALL 5
NATURAL BLITZ (AUS) 5G
MAROOF (USA) - MIIHARO (NZ) BLETCHINGLY (AUS)
G SCHOFIELD 58.0 D CRUZ 2
SILENT WITNESS (AUS) 5G
EL MOXIE (USA) - JADE TIARA (NZ) BUREAUCRACY (NZ)
F COETZEE 58.0 A S CRUZ 6
SILENT WITNESS (AUS) 4G
EL MOXIE (USA) - JADE TIARA (NZ) BUREAUCRACY (NZ)
F COETZEE 58.0 A S CRUZ 11
ALL THRILLS TOO (AUS) 5G
ST COVET (AUS) - RED SLIPPERS (NZ) CITIDANCER (IRE)
G MOSSE 58.0 D A HAYES 2

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