Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup
The Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup was first run at Sha Tin in January 1979, with the inaugural version won by the Allan Chan-trained Observatory, under a fine ride by the legendary jockey Pat Eddery. This premier contest was granted HKG1 status in 1991/92. The distance changed to 2000m in the 1992/93 season when it became the second leg of the newly-established Hong Kong Triple Crown, between the Stewards’ Cup (1600m) and Champions & Chater Cup (2400m).
River Verdon rattled off a hat-trick of Gold Cup wins between 1992 and 1994, a feat unmatched by any horse to date. His 1993 triumph was the middle leg of a famous Triple Crown triumph, the first and only in Hong Kong racing history.
A host of Hong Kong racing’s equine greats have carried off this race and the contest became an international Group 1 race, worth HK$10 million, in the 2014/15 season. Apart from River Verdon, the victory roll features standouts such as Indigenous, Bullish Luck, Vengeance Of Rain, Viva Pataca, Ambitious Dragon, Military Attack and Designs On Rome.
The 2018 renewal of the Gold Cup will be the 11th running under the Citi Group banner, the race sponsor since 2008.