The Centenary Sprint Cup, originally known as the Centenary Cup, was first run on November 24, 1984 to celebrate the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s centenary. It was the second leg of the inaugural Champion Sprint Series in the 1993/94 season, and was held as a Hong Kong Group Two event.
This race was upgraded to Hong Kong Group 1 status in the 2000/01 season and has been programmed as the first leg of the Champion Sprint Series since the 2005/06 season. The race distance changed from 1000m to 1200m, and the prize money increased to the current level of HK$8 million, during the 2015/16 season. The race has been upgraded to international Group 1 status for the 2017/18 season.
Champion sprinters like Silent Witness, Sacred Kingdom and Aerovelocity are among the names on this elite speed contest’s honour roll.