The Richest Gr1 Races On Turf

December showpiece meeting gets boost

Prize money for the 2023 Gr1 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races will be worth an unprecedented HK$118 million as the December showpiece meeting continues to host the world’s richest Gr1 turf races over 1200m, 1600m and 2000m.

The Gr1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup – the jurisdiction’s richest race – receives a 5.9% increase to HK$36 million, the Gr1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) is boosted by 8.3% to HK$26 million, the Gr1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m) grows by 6.7% to HK$32 million and the Gr1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) advances 9.1% to HK$24 million.

Romantic Warrior wins the 2022 Gr1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (Pic – Hong Kong Jockey Club)

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races

Distance
(metres)

2022/23
(HK$)

2023/24
(HK$)

Increase
(HK$)

% Increase

Hong Kong Sprint

1200

$24M

$26M

$2M

8.3%

Hong Kong Mile

1600

$30M

$32M

$2M

6.7%

Hong Kong Cup

2000

$34M

$36M

$2M

5.9%

Hong Kong Vase

2400

$22M

$24M

$2M

9.1%

Underlining their elite quality, three of last year’s Gr1 LONGINES HKIR features – the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile, the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup and the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint – figured in the LONGINES World’s Top 100 Gr1 Races in 2022.

With the glittering LONGINES HKIR meeting highlighting Hong Kong’s stunning prize money growth, each of the city’s 12 Group 1 races will rise by a minimum of HK$1 million – a combined HK$20 million boost – as part of an overall prize money increase of 10%.

The enhancements cap Hong Kong’s record prize money and incentive structure of an estimated HK$1.73 billion across the 2023/24 season.

In addition to the lucrative purses on offer at LONGINES HKIR, Hong Kong will also stage the richest Gr1 turf race over 1400m with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) to carry HK$13 million in prize money, while the Club has also lifted Gr2 and Gr3 races to HK$5.35 million and HK$4.2 million – hikes of 7.0% and 7.7%, respectively.

Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: “The LONGINES Hong Kong International Races continue to be widely recognised as the ‘Turf World Championships’ and the HK$118 million total prize money on offer next season also underscores the Club’s commitment to attracting and rewarding the world’s best horses and their connections.

“With growing competition around the world, it is crucial that Hong Kong’s two international race days – LONGINES Hong Kong International Races and FWD Champions Day – continue to be destinations of choice for owners, trainers and jockeys from around the world.

“As we saw in December with the successful staging of 2022 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races and again with latest wonderful FWD Champions Day meeting, these prestigious international meetings allow us showcase Hong Kong’s world-class racing on the global stage.”

Including substantial increases to the PP and PPG bonus scheme, Hong Kong’s domestic racing prize money pool will rise by 8% alone next season – with an additional HK$94 million on offer – to HK$1.38 billion.

“Before the 2022/23 season, we undertook a thorough review of our prize money and incentive structure and decided then to commit to continuous investments into the future, which has resulted once more in the significant prize money and additional incentives outlined over the past two weeks,” Mr Andrew Harding, Executive Director, Racing, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, said.

“Providing attractive incentives and increasing returns on investments for our Owners are central to these enhancements and we believe that these increases will provide additional support proportionate to their investments.”

As a result of these substantial prize money boosts for 2023/24, the Club has also approved an extension of the closing date for the 2023 Horse Ballot until 17h00 today, Thursday 11 May.

Annex – foreign currency comparison table on LONGINES HKIR prize money

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races

Distance
(metres)

2023/24
(Euro €‎) *Approx.

2023/24
(JPY ¥‎)
*Approx.

2023/24
(US $‎)
*Approx.

2023/24
(AUD $)
*Approx.

Hong Kong Sprint

1200

€3M

¥‎444M

$3.31M

$4.92M

Hong Kong Mile

1600

€3.72M

¥‎547M

$4.07M

$6.06M

Hong Kong Cup

2000

€4.16M

¥‎615M

$4.58M

$6.82M

Hong Kong Vase

2400

€2.77M

¥‎410M

$3.05M

$4.54M

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