Qualification: 3yr olds and up females 55.25kgs males 57kgs.
Distance: 1200 metres
Course Record: 1:07.80
Track: Turf, right handed.
Track Bias: Races start in the back straight with a short run to the corner. Horses drawn wide often try to boot up for a good position going round which can cost them in the final straight when the sprint is really on from about 400m out. Inside draw is an advantage if you start well and hold a rails run.
History: The Hong Kong Sprint was first run in 1999 over 1000m. The Race was extended to 1200m and given Group1 Status in 2006 and won by Absolute Champion with a track record that still stands. Highly regarded as one of the best international sprint races and forms part of the Global Sprint Challenge.
Past Winners: Fairy King Prawn (HK) 1999,Falvelon (AUST) 2000 & 2001, All Thrills Too (HK) 2002, Silent Witness (HK) 2003 & 2004, Natural Blitz (HK) 2005, Absolute Champion (HK) 2006, Sacred Kingdom (HK) 2007 & 2009, Inspiration (HK) 2008 (All Australian bred), J J The Jet Plane 2010 South African bred and trained.
Lead Up Form: Various but all winners of Group 1 sprint races from local and overseas
Related Races: Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Vase
Statistics & Trends: Except for Falvelon all winners have been locally trained, jockeys Brett Prebble , Felix Coertzee and Damian Oliver have all won it twice.
Betting on Hong Kong racing including the Honk Kong Sprint is available online at Sportsbet.com.au.
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