2009 Hong Kong Cup Carnival

December 12, 2009 - by Lawrence · Filed Under Hong Kong Racing News, Uncategorized  

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ias-racingbets-270509-hkhorseThe ShaTin Racecourse turf is set for one of horse racing’s grandest days. Four great races cramped into one day of festivities, performances and record-breaking prize pools. The eyes of the horse betting world will definitely be in Hong Kong for the 2009 Hong Kong International Races. This Cathay Pacific-sponsored event will prove to be a good Christmas gift for horse racing fans and horse racing bettors.

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First on the bill is the Hong Kong Vase. Inaugurated in 1994, this proves to be the longest race among the four as it is staged over 2,400 metres of fine turf. This year’s racing cast is filled by 14 thoroughbreds aged three and above. They will duke it out for the biggest share of the HK$14,000,000 or US$1.8 million prize pool.

Leading the strong pack of competitors is Hong Kong horse of the year and seven-time Group 1 winner Viva Pataca with a 3:1 betting odd. Breathing down its neck is two-time Group 1 winner and highest-ranked runner Youzmain whose betting odds is at 3:1 as well. Not to be left behind are Grand Prix de Saint Cloud winner Spanish Moon that has a 7:1 odd and USA Group 1 winner Black Mamba with a 25:1 odd.

Next on the Hong Kong International Races is the Hong Kong Mile. Based from its namesake, it is staged in a 1,600 metre or one mile course. Originally name the Hong Kong International Bowl, this race was first staged in 1991 with an initial 1,400 metre distance. However, the 1992 edition of the Hong Kong Mile was postponed until April 1993 due to a spreading equine virus.

This year’s edition is firing in all cylinders as 14 horses will give their all to bag a large chunk of the HK$16,000,000 or US$2 million prize pool. Headlining the list of competitors is Good Ba Ba who is looking for a third straight Hong Kong Mile victory. Its betting odd is at 11:8. Meanwhile, Happy Zero might give it a run for its money with a 4:1 betting odd. Egyptian Ra, ranked the second best horse in Hong Kong, can be the dark horse of this race with a 12:1 betting odd.

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The third race of the 2009 Hong Kong International Races is the Hong Kong Sprint. Inaugurated in 1999, the Hong Kong Sprint is a 1,200 metre Group 1 flat horse race for thoroughbreds aged three and above. This year’s edition might live up to a Hong Kong vs. the world billing as the best sprinters from Europe, Japan, America and Australia will battle to end Hong Kong’s seven-year supremacy on this HK$12,000,000 or US$1.55 million event.

Leading the charge for the non-Hong Kong bred horses is Australia’s Horse of the Year Scenic Blast with a 6:1 betting odd and eight-time Australian Group 1 winner Apache Cat with an 8:1 odd. Joining their cause is up and coming thoroughbred All Silent with a 5:1 odd. Also joining the strong cast are 2007 Hong Kong Sprint winner Sacred Kingdom with an 11:1 odd and America’s top turf sprinter California Flag with an odd of 6:1

Where to Bet on the Hong Kong Carnival:

And finally, the day is completed by the richest race on turf: the Hong Kong Cup. Since its inception in 1989, this proves to be the most competitive among the four races for no thoroughbred has won it more than once. That won’t be surprise for they would give their all to win a big part of the HK$20,000,000 or US$2.58 million pool. Headlining the horse parade is defending Hong Kong Cup champion and Breeder’s Cup Turf runner-up Eagle Mountain with a 7:1 odd.

Not to be disregarded are Audemars Piguet QEII Cup winner Presvis with a 5:2 betting odd and French Derby winner Vision D’Etat that carries a betting odd of 5:1. Another horse that might steal the 2009 Hong Kong Cup limelight is Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Trial and CX International Cup Trial defending champion Unique Jewelry with a 50:1 odd.

With a strong cast of horses, this year’s Hong Kong International Races promises to be spectacular. Each race can be disputed down the wire but you must not wait for that moment to take part of the grand earnings. Therefore, you must not waste time and bet on your favorite horses at your preferred online betting websites.

William Hill

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