The FWD QEII Cup is the jewel among the three Group 1 features in the FWD Champions Day, with the purse increased to the current level of HK$25 million in 2020.

The race was first run on the Happy Valley sand track over 1575m in 1975 and had several different guises until it was opened up to international competition as a 2200m turf contest at Sha Tin in 1995. In 1997 it switched to the 2000m distance familiar today.

Overseas raiders won the first three editions, Red Bishop being the pathfinder in 1995, followed by Overbury (1996) and London News (1997). The locals struck back with Oriental Express in 1998 and since then the home team and overseas team have drawn level with 14 wins apiece. Japanese visitor Loves Only You won the 2021 edition and local hero Romantic Warrior took honours last year.

Recently, it has been a stepping stone to Horse of the Year glory. Four of the local winners of the QEII Cup over the past decade, namely Ambitious Dragon (2011), Military Attack (2013), Designs On Rome (2014) and Werther (2016), took the end-of year honour in the same season.

The race was ranked equal 67th in the IFHA World’s Top 100 G1s in 2022.

Romantic Warrior
lands the FWD QEII Cup 2022

Past 10 Winners

Year Horse Name Jockey Trainer Replay Result
2021 LOVES ONLY YOU C Y Ho Y Yahagi
2020 EXULTANT Z Purton A S Cruz
2019 WIN BRIGHT M Matsuoka Y Hatakeyama
2018 PAKISTAN STAR W Buick A S Cruz
2017 NEOREALISM J Moreira N Hori
2016 WERTHER H Bowman J Moore
2015 BLAZING SPEED N Callan A S Cruz
2014 DESIGNS ON ROME T Berry J Moore
2013 MILITARY ATTACK T Berry J Moore

Key Dates

                • March 20 – Free entries close
                • April 10 – Supplementary entries close
                • April 27 – Declarations to run