Apr 30, 2017
G1
Sha Tin
Racecourse
HK$20 million
Total Prize
Turf, 2,000m

The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup is the jewel among Hong Kong's three spring features, with a purse of HK$20 million.

The first Queen Elizabeth Cup was run on the Happy Valley sand track over 1575m in 1975 and had many different guises and forms until it was opened up to international competition as a 2200m turf contest at Sha Tin in 1995. In 1997, it switched to the 2000m distance familiar today.

The race was taken by international visitors those first three years through Red Bishop (1995), Overbury (1996) and London News (1997), until the locals struck back with Oriental Express in 1998. Over the last two decades, it has been fairly evenly matched between locals and visitors, with 11 Hong Kong wins to nine for the raiders.

Recently, it has been a stepping stone to Horse of the Year glory, with four of the last five local winners of the race taking Hong Kong racing’s top honour that season – Ambitious Dragon (2011), Military Attack (2013), Designs On Rome (2014) and Werther (2016).


Past 10 Audemars Piguet QEII CUP Winners

Year Horse Name Jockey Trainer Replay
2016 WERTHER H Bowman J Moore
2015 BLAZING SPEED N Callan A S Cruz
2014 DESIGNS ON ROME T Berry J Moore
2013 MILITARY ATTACK T Berry J Moore
2012 RULERSHIP U Rispoli K Sumii
2011 AMBITIOUS DRAGON D Whyte A T Millard
2010 VIVA PATACA W C Marwing J Moore
2009 PRESVIS R Moore L M Cumani
2008 ARCHIPENKO K Shea M F de Kock
2007 VIVA PATACA M Kinane J Moore

Key Dates

  • March 20 - 1st Stage entries close
  • April 10 - Supplementary entries close
  • April 27 - Declarations to run
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