Hong Kong Horse Racing: Audemars Piguet QEII Cup

Hong Kong Horse Racing: Audemars Piguet QEII Cup

Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (Group 1)

Our Selections:

1.Pakistan Star

2.Werther

3. The United States

HK$20 million (US$2.578 million)

1st HK$11,400,000, 2nd HK$4,400,000, 3rd HK$2,000,000,

4th HK$1,140,000, 5th HK$660,000, 6th HK$400,000

Performance Analysis
Horse Details Horse Statistics Probable Jockey Trainer
Name   Rep Age/
Sex
Wt. Int’l Rtg Lifetime G1 Good Wet RH 1800-2200 Trk/Dist
Werther HK 5g 126 124 22 (8-6-3) 6 (2-2-1) 18 (6-5-2) 4 (2-1-1) 13 (6-3-1) 8 (5-3-0) 3 (3-0-0) H Bowman J Moore
Secret Weapon HK 7g 126 119 24 (7-1-5) 5 (0-1-1) 23 (6-1-5) 1 (1-0-0) 22 (6-1-5) 7 (2-1-2) 4 (1-1-1) Z Purton C H Yip
Designs On Rome HK 7g 126 118 35 (11-4-3) 14 (4-1-0) 29 (9-2-2) 6 (2-2-1) 30 (10-2-3) 14 (7-0-0) 12 (5-0-0) T Berry J Moore
Blazing Speed HK 8g 126 117 46 (10-7-4) 16 (2-1-3) 41 (9-7-2) 4 (1-0-1) 42 (8-7-4) 23 (5-4-3) 13 (2-2-3) N Callan A S Cruz
Neorealism JPN 6h 126 117 17 (7-1-2) 2 (0-0-1) 17 (7-1-2) 0 (0-0-0) 11 (4-1-2) 15 (7-1-1) 0 (0-0-0) J Moreira N Hori
Mubtaahij UAE 5h 126 116 17 (4-4-1) 7 (0-2-0) 2 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 10 (2-3-1) 0 (0-0-0) A Marcus M F de Kock
The United States AUS 7h 126 116 25 (7-4-3) 9 (1-1-1) 19 (5-3-2) 6 (2-1-1) 4 (1-1-1) 11 (3-2-2) 0 (0-0-0) B Prebble R Hickmott
Dicton FR 4c 126 115 15 (6-2-2) 3 (0-0-2) 6 (0-1-1) 8 (5-1-1) 4 (2-0-1) 1 (0-0-1) 0 (0-0-0) O Peslier G Bietolini
Pakistan Star HK 4g 126 112 9 (3-4-0) 0 (0-0-0) 8 (3-3-0) 1 (0-1-0) 9 (3-4-0) 2 (0-2-0) 1 (0-1-0) S de Sousa A S Cruz

 

 

 

International Ratings Chart                                                                     Speed Chart

 

 

 

Name International Rating
                                                                   
Werther                                                     124        
                                                                   
Secret Weapon                                           119                  
                                                                   
Designs On Rome                                         118                    
                                                                   
Blazing Speed                                         117                    
                                                                   
Neorealism                                         117                    
                                                                   
Mubtaahij                                         116                    
                                                                   
The United States                                         116                    
                                                                   
Dicton                                   115                          
                                                                   
Pakistan Star                             112                                
                                                                   

 

Average performance rating of 5 most recent winners = 118.

 

 

 

 

The 2000m start at Sha Tin is a tricky one. There is only a short run to the first turn and then they’re on that turn until the 1400m. There is quite a number of horses who should be right up there in this year’s edition. Japanese stayer NEOREALISM is a confirmed leader on his Japan form. The likes of MUBTAAHIJ and THE UNITED STATES always up on speed and will ensure a “good” clip. However, the barrier draw will be critical to the finalization of this speed map.

(Full Speed Map at www.hkjc.com/english/formguide/formguide.asp)

History

 

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was first run at Happy Valley in 1975 during the Hong Kong visit of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, who was on hand to present the winner’s trophy. In 1995 it became an international event with overseas runners invited to participate. The race distance has been changed from 2200m to 2000m since 1997.  Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet became the race sponsor of this premier 2000m contest in 1999 when the race was promoted to G2 status, and the race was then elevated to its existing G1 status in 2001. The race’s prize money increased from HK$14 million to HK$20 million in 2015, nearly quadruple the purse of HK$5.35 million offered in 1999.  As one of the World’s Top 100 G1 races, the G1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup has attracted participation from many high-class international runners down the years.

After the APQEII Cup became an international event in 1995, three overseas horses have achieved a notable double in Hong Kong – winning at December’s Hong Kong International Races and then adding the APQEII Cup, in the same Hong Kong season.  That trio consists of 1995 winner Red Bishop who previously won the 1994 Hong Kong International Vase, 1999 winner Jim And Tonic who succeeded in the 1998 Hong Kong International Bowl, and 2002 winner Eishin Preston who triumphed in the 2001 Hong Kong Mile.

 

Statistics (Since 1995)

 

Leading Jockey           D Whyte                       3 Wins – London News (1997), Oriental Express (1998) & Ambitious Dragon (2011)

 

Leading Trainer           J Moore            5 Wins – Viva Pataca (2007 & 2010), Military Attack (2013),

Designs On Rome (2014) & Werther (2016)

 

Leading Representing Countries         1. Hong Kong (11 Wins)

  1. Japan & South Africa (3 Wins)
  2. United Arab Emirates (2 Wins)

 

Record of Males

Age Winners 2nd 3rd Unplaced Total Starters
6yo+ 4 11 6 71 92
5yo 10 6 6 60 82
4yo 7 3 9 65 84

 

Record of Females                  1 Win 3 Placings from 14 Starts

 

Fastest Time (2000M)   2.00.10

 

Shortest-priced winner            1995 Red Bishop (2.1)

 

Longest-priced winner             2004 River Dancer (58)

 

Results of Hong Kong Derby runners in the APQEII Cup (since 2008)

 

Year Name Hong Kong Derby Placing (Odds) APQEII Cup Placing (Odds)
2016 Werther Won (3.3F) Won (5.5)
2015 Helene Happy Star 4th (25) 8th (6.5)
2014 Designs On Rome Won (1.9F) Won (2.2F)
Dibayani 3rd (14) 5th (8.8)
2013 Akeed Mofeed Won (1.8F) 5th (2.9F)
Ashkiyr 9th (9.8) 13th (30)
2012 Sweet Orange 3rd (3.5F) 3rd (3.1F)
Zaidan 4th (11) 4th (20)
Fay Fay Won (4.7) 10th (7.3)
2011 Ambitious Dragon Won (2.3F) Won (2.3F)
Semos 5th (42) 13th (99)
2010 Super Satin Won (6.5) 3rd (13)
Super Pistachio 2nd (14) 7th (7.6)
2009 Thumbs Up 2nd (7.1) 3rd (7.2)
2008 Helene Mascot Won (2.3F) 8th (3)

 

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