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).
|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|