The Hong Kong Gold Cup was first run at Sha Tin Racecourse on 14 January 1979. Its inception deliberately coincided with the launch of the Privately Purchased Horses scheme, which was then in its infancy. This race has became the second leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown after the series was introduced in the 1991/92 season. This season, the HK$8 million Hong Kong Group 1 event over 2000 metres will be run as the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup on 23 February 2014.
Last year, MILITARY ATTACK, ridden by Zac Purton, showed his talent to win the 2000m the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup. It was also his first win in the Triple Crown Series race.