2018 Hong Kong Vase Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


DateSaturday December, 2018
TrackSha Tin
Distance2,400m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet Weights
Prize MoneyHK$18 million
Age3YO+

The Hong Kong Vase isn’t the most popular betting race with the Hong Kong locals but it’s a massive international spectacle and has most of the world watching.

A race which has become synonymous with European and Japanese winners, the Hong Kong Vase is one of the best staying races in the world and it gives the locals a chance to see top-class stayers in action.

Staying races aren’t common in Hong Kong and the international contingent has dominated the race since its 1994 beginning.

Hong Kong Vase betting card 2018


The four Group 1 races dominate the card at Sha Tin, which includes a full 10-race meeting.

Race 1: Fantastic Light Handicap 
Race 2: Able Friend Handicap 
Race 3: Flying Dancer Handicap 
Race 4: Group 1 Hong Kong Vase 
Race 5: Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint 
Race 6: Lord Kanaloa Handicap 
Race 7: Group 1 Hong Kong Mile 
Race 8: Group 1 Hong Kong Cup 
Race 9: Jim And Tonic Handicap
Race 10: Maurice Handicap

2018 Hong Kong Vase betting selections & tips



Hong Kong Vase history


Kicking off in 1994 when taken out by Red Bishop for trainer John Hammond and jockey Cash Asmussen, the Hong Kong Vase has since become a race targeted by European and Japanese connections. 

Promoted to Group 1 status in 2000 and also named on the Hong Kong International Meeting schedule, the Vase has since been taken out by some of the world’s best stayers. Ouija Board, Doctor Dino, Dunaden, Red Cadeaux and Highland Reel are just some of the past winners, which were all loved around the world for their respective talents.

There were early struggles to get this race off the ground and running in Hong Kong, mainly due to the lack of local thoroughbreds contesting the 2400m race, but it has since become a showcase of what the world has to offer over the staying distances.

Betting is now popular for the HK Vase and given the level of runners on show, it will only continue to attract more punters to bookmakers. Red Bishop was the first winner in 1994 and subsequently still holds the race record time of 2:25.10. The best time since was Partipral, which ran 2:25.70 one year later. 

Three horses have won the Hong Kong Vase on two occasions. Luso (1996, 97), Doctor Dino (2007, 08) and Highland Reel in 2015 and 2017.  Jockey Olivier Peslier has won it an incredible four times in 1995, 1999, 2007 and 2008 aboard Doctor Dino.

Hong Kong Vase betting guide


European punters have targeted this race since it became a truly international race in 2000. Since then, there have been 11 European-trained winners and only one local winner. That came with Dominant in 2013 when John Moore trained and Zac Purton rode the upset runner, but for the most part, punters should focus on the European and also Japanese runners. 

The Japanese runners have won only two Hong Kong Vase races but they are bred to see out the staying distances and their efforts have improved in recent history. Satono Crown scored a win for Noriyuko Hori in 2016, 15 years after Yasuo Ikee trained Stay Gold to win.

With the recent winners all boasting international staying form, punters should look at the European summer form as a betting guide for the Hong Kong Vase.

Hong Kong Vase past winners


Year
Winner
2017Highland Reel
2016Satono Crown
2015Highland Reel
2014Flintshire
2013Dominant
2012Red Cadeaux
2011Dunaden
2010Mastery
2009Daryakana
2008Doctor Dino
2007Doctor Dino
2006Collier Hill
2005Ouija Board
2004Phoenix Reach
2003Vallee Enchantee
2002Ange Gabriel
2001Stay Gold
2000Daliapour
1999Borgia
1998Indigenous
1997Luso
1996Luso
1995Partipral
1994Red Bishop