Hong Kong one-two-three

For the second time since 1995 the local team filled the top three places in the APQEII Cup. Werther was the winner, while Military Attack and Blazing Speed finished second and third respectively.


World's top ten

The APQEII Cup rose to 9th in the World's Top 100 G1 races – the highest ranked G1 race in Hong Kong in that list in 2015. Its prize money also rose to HK$20 million.


Rising up the rankings

The APQEII Cup was ranked 19th in the list of the World's Top 100 G1s announced by the IFHA.


Record earnings

Viva Pataca notched his second APQEII Cup win and in the process took its career earnings past HK$80 million to become the highest money earner in Hong Kong racing history, eclipsing the mark set by 2005 winner Vengeance Of Rain.


On top of the world

Hong Kong's Vengeance Of Rain took this race en route to being the overall champion of the World Racing Championships that year.


Consecutive wins

Eishin Preston from Japan became the first horse to win the APQEII Cup in consecutive years.


On the map

Prize money further increased to HK$14 million and the race gained inclusion in the World Racing Championships series.


A Group 1 race

The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup was promoted to international G1 status and prize money rose to HK$10 million.


Audemars Piguet Sponsorship

Audemars Piguet became the race's first sponsor. The race itself attained international G2 status.


First for Hong Kong

Oriental Express brought Hong Kong a first victory in the race since it became an international event three years earlier.


Trip Extended

The race was changed to the current distance of 2000m.


Going international

The QEII Cup was opened to international runners as a HKG1 contest.


Status upgrade

The race was raised to HKG2 level when the pattern race system was introduced in the 1991/92 season.


Twice over

The race was run twice, first in April and then on 22 October when Queen Elizabeth II was again in attendance, this time at Sha Tin Racecourse.


A Royal visit

The first running of the QEII Cup was on 5 May when Queen Elizabeth II was in attendance at Happy Valley Racecourse for the event.