2022 Hong Kong Cup Recap & more Sha Tin Races

Romantic Warrior stole the show in the 2022 Hong Kong Cup at Sunday’s Hong Kong International Races, blowing away his rivals in front of the biggest crowd the Chinese city’s Sha Tin course has seen in over three years. Here is everything that happened.

Hong Kong Vase

Grade 1 – Purse $2,800,000 – 1 mile 4 furlongs – Turf – 3-Year-Old and Up

Sunday saw the 29th running of the Hong Kong Vase, and Sha Tin welcomed huge crowds back to the event after the pandemic had affected the previous two years.

Two out of the last three runnings had been won by the aptly named Glory Vase, and last year’s winner was trying to win this for the third time and become the only horse to do so.

There was drama right from the off as Mendocino refused to race, and as they settled down it was first the eventual winner WIN MARYLIN and then the grey Senor Toba who came through to lead.

The heavily backed favorite Stone Age settled in third on the rail, with the Godolphin runner Botanik on his outside.

Hong Kong Vase Horse Video


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Win Marylin was reined back as the other fancied runner Glory Vase settled in sixth.

The pace was slow and as they went down the backstretch there were just 7 lengths covering the field.

As they entered the home straight it was still Senor Toba in front with Botanik, Stone Age and Glory Vase starting their runs, but the biggest challenge was still to come and Damien Lane who had drifted to the back on Win Marylin started his challenge widest of all, and came with a blistering run to clear away and win by a length and three quarters.

1. WIN MARYLIN$6.55$2
2. BOTANIK$2.10
3. GLORY VASE       $1.60

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 27.53 secs

Hong Kong Sprint

Grade 1 – Purse $3,175,000 – 6 furlongs – Turf – 3-Year-Old and Up

The 24th renewal of the race, and it bought together some of the world’s best sprinters, and this year was no different, with last year’s winner Sky Field back to defend his crown in the hope of becoming the seventh duel winner of this race.

They blasted from the gate and it was Lim’s Kosciuszko and Sight Success who were on the front end but the pace was not overly quick which caused the favorite Lucky Sweynesse to take back on the rail and settle in fifth, while his main rival and eventual winner WELLINGTON settle in midfield.

As they rounded the turn for the home Sight Success went for the wire with Meikei Yell in hot pursuit. As they entered the final furlong Ryan Moore switched Wellington off the fence to make his challenge and he hit top gear late to get to the front and win by a length.

Hong Kong Sprint Horse Video


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Last year’s winner Sky Field closed late to hit the board at a big price with Sight Success holding on for the second spot.

1. WELLINGTON$4.15$1.70  
3. SKY FIELD$6.00

WINNING TIME: 1 min 08.76 secs

2022 Hong Kong Mile

Grade 1 – Purse $3,850,000 – 1 mile – Turf – 3-Year-Old and Up

This year saw the 32nd running of the Hong Kong Mile, and Golden Sixty was back trying to win this for the third year in succession.

Jockey Zac Purton was one of only two jockeys to have ridden the winner of this race three times and he rode the well-fancied California Spangle.

As the gates opened, Purton made his game plan clear and sent CALIFORNIA SPANGLE to the front with Waikuku tracking on his outside, while the odds on favorite Golden Sixty slipped inside to the rail to track his market rival.

The big outsider Laws Of Indices had a nice position in fourth, with the rest of the field close up.

The pace was slow coming into the home turn and it was here that Beauty Joy swooped to take the lead and inject some pace, but Purton was alert to the move of his barn buddy and soon switched off the rail to cover the move.

Hong Kong Mile Horse Video


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As they set down for the drive to the wire, California Spangle regained the lead at the furlong marker to go two lengths clear as Beauty Joy backed out of it. Golden Sixty started to make ground and closed strongly to be beaten just a neck with the Australian raider Laws Of Indices running on to hold third spot.

1. CALIFORNIA SPANGLE $3.20$1.10  
2. GOLDEN SIXTY  $1.01

WINNING TIME: 1 min 33.41 secs

2022 Hong Kong Cup

Grade 1 – Purse $4,360,000 – 1 mile 2 furlongs – Turf – 3-Year-Old and Up

The biggest race of the meeting saw over $4,000,000 in prize money up for grabs and it was no surprise to see entries from Hong Kong, Japan, and a sole representative from Ireland for master trainer Aiden O’Brien.

As they left the gates it was the favorite and eventual winner ROMANTIC WARRIOR who showed the way, but the Japanese raider Panthalassa, who broke slowly, was soon rushed up to take the lead at the first bend.

Russian Emperor went second with Money Catcher in third two lengths off the lead and the favorite Romantic Warrior settled back in the fourth spot.

As they reached the end of the backstretch Danon The Kid started his move from the back but he was still eight lengths off the lead.

Hong Kong Cup Horse Video


Romantic Warrior claims the 2022 Hong Kong Cup #Horseracing #Horseracingtips #Horses #Horse #FYP #Sports #Horsesoftiktok

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As they went to the final two furlongs Panthalassa had given way and it was here that Romantic Warrior shot to the front and went away for an impressive four and half-length victory.

Danon The Kid got held up in his run but closed strongly for second with Money Catcher third and Tourbillon Diamond running a solid race back in fourth.

1. ROMANTIC WARRIOR$1.85  $1.01

WINNING TIME: 1 min 59.70 secs

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