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Hong Kong Derby

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ping hai star winning the hong kong derby
PING HAI STAR winning the Hong Kong Derby. Picture: HKJC

The Hong Kong Derby is a non-international graded race run under the Set Weight conditions for four year olds at Sha Tin conducted by Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The Hong Kong Derby is run over 2000m. It was first run in 1873, before the HKJC was formed.
It was originally run over 2400m and even went back to 1800m but has been at the current 2000m since the year 2000.
It became for four year olds and not the traditional three year olds in 1981.
It is the final leg of the Hong Kong 4yo Triple Crown following the Hong Kong Classic Mile and the Hong Kong Classic Cup and is one of the race most sought after in Hong Kong.
Several Hong Kong Horse of the Year title winners have been the Derby winner including in recent times Ambitious Dragon (2011), Designs On Rome (2014), Werther (2016), and Rapper Dragon (2017).
Rapper Dragon became the first horse to win all three legs of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series.
Vengeance Of Rain was a much heralded horse in Hong Kong and also took his acclaim around the world winning a Dubai Sheema Classic.
A couple of horses beaten in this race have produced some superb form after that including Able Friend who was second to Designs On Rome and Beauty Generation who was behind Rapper Dragon and Pakistan Star in what has turned out to be a star studded field in 2017.
Three fillies have won the Hong Kong Derby in the recent era - Vivacious (1972), Corvette (1976) and Elegant Fashion (2003).
The Hong Kong Derby is worth HK$18m in 2019.
Some notable winners of the Hong Kong Derby include Rapper Dragon (2017), Werther (2016), Designs On Rome (2014), Akeed Mofeed (2013), Ambitious Dragon (2011), Collection (2009), Viva Pataca (2006), Vengeance Of Rain (2005), Lucky Owners (2004), Elegant Fashion (2003), Johan Cruyff (1998), Makarpura Star (1995), River Verdon (1991), Yuno When (1986), Co-Tack (1983) and Football (1982).
The 2018 Hong Kong Derby was won by Ping Hai Star from Singapore Sling and Exultant.
Racing and Sports

Previous Hong Kong Derby Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
FURORE (NZ) 4G
PIERRO (AUS) - STORMY CHOICE (AUS) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
J BOWMAN 57.0 F C LOR 12
PING HAI STAR (NZ) 4G
NOM DU JEU (NZ) - VICKY (AUS) ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS)
RYAN MOORE 57.0 JOHN SIZE 9
RAPPER DRAGON (AUS) 4H
STREET BOSS (USA) - SWING DANCE (AUS) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
J MOREIRA 57.0 JOHN MOORE 4
WERTHER (NZ) 4G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - BAGALOLLIES (AUS) ZABEEL (NZ)
J BOWMAN 57.0 JOHN MOORE 3
LUGER (AUS) 4G
Choisir (AUS) - Miss Conception (AUS) DANZERO (AUS)
Z PURTON 57.0 JOHN SIZE 12
DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) 4G
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) - SUMMER TRYSTING (USA) ALLEGED (USA)
TOMMY BERRY 57.0 JOHN MOORE 10
AKEED MOFEED (GB) 4H
DUBAWI (IRE) - WONDER WHY (GER) TIGER HILL (IRE)
D WHYTE 57.0 R GIBSON 3
FAY FAY (NZ) 4G
FALKIRK (NZ) - GLAMAINE (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
D WHYTE 57.0 JOHN SIZE 14
AMBITIOUS DRAGON (NZ) 4G
PINS (AUS) - GOLDEN GAMBLE (NZ) OREGON (USA)
MAXIME GUYON 57.0 A T MILLARD 14
SUPER SATIN (NZ) 4G
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - MANTLES PRINCESS (GB) ROCK CITY (IRE)
D WHYTE 58.0 C FOWNES 7
COLLECTION (IRE) 4G
PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA) - LASTING CHANCE (USA) AMERICAN CHANCE (USA)
D BEADMAN 58.0 JOHN MOORE 9
HELENE MASCOT (IRE) 5H
PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA) - RAZANA (IRE) KAHYASI (IRE)
F COETZEE 58.0 A S CRUZ 3
IZZAT (NZ) 4G
ALMUTAWAKEL (GB) - WAUWINET (NZ) BASSENTHWAITE (GB)
B PREBBLE 58.0 P O'SULLIVAN 4
VIVA PATACA (GB) 4G
MARJU (IRE) - COMIC (IRE) BE MY CHIEF (USA)
C SOUMILLON 58.0 JOHN MOORE 10
VENGEANCE OF RAIN (NZ) 4G
ZABEEL (NZ) - DANELAGH (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
ANTHONY DELPECH 58.0 D E FERRARIS 6
LUCKY OWNERS (NZ) 4H
- MISS PRIORITY (NZ)
F COETZEE 58.0 A S CRUZ 10
ELEGANT FASHION (AUS) 4M
DANEWIN (AUS) - WILY TRICK (USA) CLEVER TRICK (USA)
G MOSSE 56.0 D A HAYES 2

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