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2023 Longines Hong Kong Vase: Race History

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Will the Japanese be at it again in the Longines Hong Kong Vase run at Sha Tin on Sunday?

WIN MARILYN winning THE LONGINES HONG KONG VASE
WIN MARILYN winning THE LONGINES HONG KONG VASE Picture: HKJC

Win Marilyn won for them so who wins the 2023 Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday?

2023 LONGINES HONG KONG VASE - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

The Longines Hong Kong Vase is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for the stayers at Sha Tin conducted by Hong Kong Jockey Club.

It is run as part of the Longines Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) meeting run in December each year.

The Longines Hong Kong Vase is run over 2400m. It was first run in 1994 and was won by Red Bishop.

[HKIR 2022] WIN MARILYN wins the LONGINES Hong Kong Vase

It has always been at the mile and a half and was granted Group 2 status in 1996 then became a Group 1 from 2000.

Most wins by a Trainer (3): Aidan O'Brien.

Most wins by a Jockey (4): Olivier Peslier.

Four horses have won the Vase twice:- Luso, Doctor Dino, Highland Reel and Glory Vase.

Dunaden became the first Melbourne Cup winner to take the Longines Hong Kong Vase.

Four three-year-olds have won, all European - Vallee Enchantee, Daryakana, Highland Reel (2015) and Mogul. Highland Reel won after placing to Winx in the Cox Plate.

Ed Dunlop's grand mare Ouija Board won seven G1s worldwide including the Vase in 2005. She would go on to produce the dual Derby winner Australia.

Her ill-fated stable mate and Melbourne Cup hero Red Cadeaux won in 2012 after runs at Flemington and Tokyo in the Japan Cup.

Highland Reel ended his grand career with a win in 2017. He has won the race in 2015 and was second in 2016.

Exultant was one of Hong Kong's four home trained winners on International Day 2018. He would also win the Hong Kong Gold Cup and Champions & Chater Cup in the same season.

Glory Vase won the Hong Kong Vase making it three HKIR wins for Japan on the day in 2019. He'd also win two years later much as Highland Reel did.

The Longines Hong Kong Vase was worth HK$24m in 2023.

Notable winners of the Longines Hong Kong Vase include Glory Vase (2019/2021), Exultant (2018), Highland Reel (2015/2017), Satono Crown (2016), Flintshire (2014), Red Cadeaux (2012), Dunaden (2011), Doctor Dino (2007/2008), Ouija Board (2005), Daliapour (2000) and Luso (1996/1997).

The 2022 Longines Hong Kong Vase was won by Win Marilyn from Botanik and Glory Vase.


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