Established in 1999, the National Day Cup has evolved in distance from an 1800m race to a 1000m sprint nowadays, as well as being upgraded to G3 status since season 2016/17.

Unlike races around the turn, the straight track demands that contenders make high speed right from the gate. Given that there are only two 1000m Group races in the season, trainers must get their elite sprinters into top shape to seize this rare chance of a shot at glory.

The Tony Cruz-trained Computer Patch, ridden by Joao Moreira, wins the National Day Cup (Group 3, 1000m) at Sha Tin Racecourse.
The Tony Cruz-trained Computer Patch, ridden by Joao Moreira, wins the National Day Cup (Group 3, 1000m) at Sha Tin Racecourse.