LONGINES Hong Kong Vase
The LONGINES Hong Kong Vase was introduced to the December programme in 1994 and it was France-trained runner Red Bishop that took the inaugural prize.
This 2400m showpiece event was upped to international Group 2 level in 1996, before being upgraded to Group 1 when Daliapour won in 2000. Among the winners of this prestigious contest are the outstanding English race mare Ouija Board, Japan’s Stay Gold and Satono Crown, the English St Leger hero Mastery, popular globe-trotter Red Cadeaux, and Dunaden, who in 2011 became the first Melbourne Cup winner to lift the Vase, and trainer Aidan O’Brien’s two-time race winner, Highland Reel. The race’s total prize money was increased to HK$20 million in 2018.
The race now carries a total purse of HK$20 million. The LONGINES Hong Kong Vase ranked equal 13th, the highest of the four HKIR events, in the World’s Top 100 G1 Races in 2019.
Past 10 Winners
- October 26 – Free entries close
- November 23 – Supplementary entries close
- December 10 – Declarations to run