With the close of the free entry period for December’s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races on Monday (23 October), the year-end global racing showcase is now one step closer.
A total of HK$84.5 million is up for grabs at the “Turf World Championships” on Sunday, 10 December, across four races – the HK$25 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$18.5 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) and the HK$18 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m).
Entries for all four races will be announced on Wednesday (25 October), with selected runners unveiled on 22 November.
Locals continue to build towards December’s features
Old faces returned to action and new names emerged as HKIR contenders after a stellar Sunday (22 October) of racing in Hong Kong, with two Group 2 features headlining the card at Sha Tin.
The G2 Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m) went to John Size-trained Mr Stunning, now Hong Kong’s highest-rated galloper after his strong half-length victory under 133 pounds. He defeated last year’s LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint runner-up, G1 winner Lucky Bubbles, with the winner’s stablemate Amazing Kids holding third.