Chairman’s Sprint Prize

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2021

Size’s three-peat
Powerful Wellington
The Richard Gibson-trained Wellington became just the fourth four-year-old to win the coveted contest – a Group 1 prize since 2000 – following Silent Witness (2004), Sacred Kingdom (2008) and Ivictory (2018).

2020

Size’s three-peat
Stunning success
As a 20/1 ranked outsider, Mr Stunning is one of only three outsiders winning this race at over 20/1 since 1985, the other two being Billet Express (24/1) in 2006 and Dim Sum (50/1) in 2011.

2019

Size’s three-peat
Size’s three-peat
John Size notched his third Chairman’s Sprint Prize win with Beat The Clock, following Ivictory in 2018 and Grand Delight in 2003.

2018

Size’s dominance
Size’s dominance
John Size becomes the second trainer after Ivan Allan in 2001 to complete a one-two-three finish in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize thanks to Ivictory, Mr Stunning and Beat The Clock.

2017

Lui scores first G1 victory
Lui scores first G1 victory
Lucky Bubbles brings local trainer Francis Lui his first G1 success. The race, in just its second year as an open contest, is also ranked equal 34th in the World’s Top 100 G1 Races and is listed as the fourth highest-ranked G1 sprint worldwide.

2016

Chautauqua leads overseas charge
Chautauqua leads overseas charge
Australian sprinter Chautauqua becomes the first overseas winner. This year saw the race first contested as an international G1 contest, with prize money upped to HK$10 million.

2014

Lucky Nine makes it two in a row
Lucky Nine makes it two in a row
Brett Prebble partners Lucky Nine to his second consecutive Chairman’s Sprint Prize victory, with Caspar Fownes’ trainee the most recent two-time winner.

2010

Yiu’s third Chairman’s Sprint Prize
Yiu’s third Chairman’s Sprint Prize
Ricky Yiu wins his third Chairman’s Sprint Prize with Sacred Kingdom, with him remaining as the most successful home-grown trainer in this race.

2009

Longshot Dim Sum takes spoils
Longshot Dim Sum takes spoils
Dim Sum salutes as a 50/1 chance, the longest-price Chairman’s Sprint Prize winner in recent years.

2005

New record for Silent Witness
New record for Silent Witness
Silent Witness equals what was then a world record in the modern era, extending his unbeaten sequence to 16 wins in this race.

2001

Prawn rules newly-named Chairman’s Sprint Prize
Prawn rules newly-named Chairman’s Sprint Prize
Fairy King Prawn wins this race for the second time. The race is renamed as the Chairman’s Sprint Prize the same year.

1992

Concert King takes first HKG1 Chairman’s Prize
The race is first run as a Hong Kong Group 1 event, with Concert King denying Quicken Away a fourth Chairman’s Prize success.

1990

Quicken Away dominates rivals
Quicken Away dominates rivals
Having won the Champions & Chater Cup (1800m) six days earlier, Quicken Away steps back to 1200m, crushing his rivals by five lengths to win the second of his three Chairman’s Prize trophies. The popular grey remains the only three-time winner of this race.

1979

First Prize to Ever Win
Ever Win took the inaugural Chairman’s Prize, titled the Hong Kong Sprint Championship at that time, under the legendary Tony Cruz at Sha Tin.