Hong Kong Sprint Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Hong Kong International Races)

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Contested over a distance of 6f is the Hong Kong Sprint which is scheduled to take place at Sha Tin during the Hong Kong International Races. Below we have detailed past winners along with both trainer and jockey records in the race and see which trends have been set based on past winners of the Hong Kong Sprint.

Hong Kong Sprint Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Hong Kong International Races)
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Hong Kong Sprint Preview

Established in 1999 to be run at the Sha Tin racetrack in December of each year, the Hong Kong Sprint was, at the time, the world's richest race over five furlongs. The distance was altered to the now six furlongs (1,200m) in 2006 after being upgraded to a G1 in 2002. The race is open to runners aged three or older and is one of the four races that make up the Hong Kong International Races.

Hong Kong Sprint Information:

To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Sha Tin tips on the day of the race, do they agree with the runners on the trend shortlist or are they predicting other runners? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Sha Tin Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Hong Kong Sprint market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 10 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2015 when the race had an over-round of 118%. The race in 2018 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 125%, whilst on average over the last 10 renewals of the Hong Kong Sprint, the over-round has been 123%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £123 which is bet.

Hong Kong Sprint Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 10 if you had followed the winner of the Hong Kong Sprint next time out then you would have backed a total of 2 winners. Backing all 9 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -0.50. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Hong Kong Sprint see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

The runner that holds the record over the past 10 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2023 renewal when Lucky Sweynesse from K L Man under the guidance of Zac Purton, won in a time of 1:09.25, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Beat The Clock, trained by J Size and ridden by Joao Moreira set the quickest time of 1:08.12 in the 2019 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Hong Kong Sprint over the last 10 renewals:

  1. Beat The Clock (1:08.12) in 2019
  2. Mr Stunning (1:08.40) in 2017
  3. Danon Smash (1:08.45) in 2020

Hong Kong Sprint Past Winners

Here are the Hong Kong Sprint past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Hong Kong Sprint as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
2023
1:09.25
Lucky Sweynesse (NZ)
5yo 9-0 (5 of 10) 7/20F
Zac Purton
K L Man (HK)
2022
1:08.76
Wellington (AUS)
6yo 9-0 (10 of 14) 63/20
Ryan Moore
Richard Gibson (HK)
2021
1:08.66
Sky Field (AUS)
5yo 9-0 (1 of 12) 211/10
Blake Shinn
C Fownes (HK)
2020
1:08.45
Danon Smash (JPN)
5yo 9-0 (14 of 14) 218/10
Ryan Moore
Takayuki Yasuda (JPN)
2019
1:08.12
Beat The Clock (AUS)
6yo 9-0 (3 of 12) 11/2
Joao Moreira
J Size (HK)
2018
1:08.85
Mr Stunning (AUS)
6yo 9-0 (9 of 11) 13/5
Karis Teetan
F C Lor (HK)
2017
1:08.40
Mr Stunning (AUS)
5yo 9-0 (4 of 13) 19/20F
Nash Rawiller
J Size (HK)
2016
1:08.80
Aerovelocity (NZ)
8yo 9-0 (2 of 13) 66/10
Zac Purton
P O'Sullivan (HK)
2015
1:08.74
Peniaphobia (IRE)
4yo 9-0 (14 of 13) 5/1
Joao Moreira
A S Cruz (HK)
2014
1:08.57
Aerovelocity (NZ)
6yo 9-0 (7 of 14) 9/2
Zac Purton
P O'Sullivan (HK)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Hong Kong Sprint have been based:

  • HK: 9 winners with an additional 17 placings from 83 runners
  • JPN: 1 winner with an additional 2 placings from 23 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 4 runners
  • GB: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners
  • SIN: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners
  • USA: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners
  • AUS: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners
  • NZ: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 1 runner

Hong Kong Sprint Trainer Statistics

There are two leading trainers in the Hong Kong Sprint over the last 10 renewals with both J Size and P O'Sullivan who have both won the race two times. J Size winners have been with Mr Stunning (2017) and Beat The Clock (2019). P O'Sullivan winners have been with Aerovelocity (2014 & 2016).

Here are some of the top Hong Kong Sprint trainer statistics over the last 10 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
J Size20-2-8-11.55-5.17
P O'Sullivan2-2-2+11.10+6.66
Richard Gibson8-1-3-3.85-1.79
A S Cruz7-1-3-1.00-0.60
C Fownes5-1-2+17.10+12.46
F C Lor5-1-2-1.40+1.66
Takayuki Yasuda3-1-1+19.80+11.08
K L Man3-1-1-1.65-1.79
John Moore7-0-2-7.00-5.15
K W Lui5-0-1-5.00-4.38

Hong Kong Sprint Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Hong Kong Sprint over the last 10 renewals is Zac Purton who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Aerovelocity (2014 & 2016) and Lucky Sweynesse (2023). Other jockeys who have recorded multiple wins in the Hong Kong Sprint are Joao Moreira (2 wins) and Ryan Moore (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Hong Kong Sprint jockey statistics over the last 10 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Zac Purton10-3-4+4.45+0.42
Joao Moreira9-2-3+3.50+0.15
Ryan Moore8-2-3+18.95+10.16
Karis Teetan6-1-2-2.40-2.52
Blake Shinn2-1-2+20.10+15.46
Nash Rawiller2-1-1-0.05-0.43
Hugh Bowman6-0-1-6.00-4.70
Silvestre De Sousa5-0-1-5.00-3.50
Gerald Mosse4-0-1-4.00+0.90
Brett Prebble4-0-1-4.00-3.38

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): 2, 2, 2, 1, 9, 3, 7, BD, 6, 1

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well. The trend information is based on the available information on the racing post in terms of previous runs etc.

  • 10 / 10 (52%) - Achieved an RPR of 114+ (LTO)
  • 10 / 10 (52%) - No bigger than 109/5
  • 10 / 10 (52%) - No bigger than 87/10 (LTO)
  • 10 / 10 (56%) - Achieved an RPR of 117+ (Last 3)
  • 10 / 10 (56%) - Had 1 - 2 placings (90 Days)
  • 10 / 10 (57%) - Break of 21 - 70 days (Last Place)
  • 10 / 10 (57%) - No bigger than 17/2 (Career Win)
  • 10 / 10 (60%) - Achieved an RPR of 118+ (Career)
  • 10 / 10 (60%) - No bigger than 18/1 (Career Place)
  • 10 / 10 (63%) - Highest Placed is not G2-3/Cl2
  • 10 / 10 (65%) - Within the first 8 of the market
  • 10 / 10 (67%) - In a field of 12 - 16 (Debut)
  • 10 / 10 (69%) - Made 4 - 22 starts (Career)
  • 10 / 10 (71%) - Placed within last 2 starts
  • 10 / 10 (74%) - Carried 122 - 135lbs (Last Win)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Sha Tin racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Hong Kong Sprint. How well do you know your horse racing? Are there certain types of races that you are unsure of? Why not take a look at this Types Of Horse Race article to familiarise yourself with the different types of racing, that is just one of many helpful horse racing articles in the OLBG Betting School.

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Hong Kong Sprint Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 5+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +30.90 is when runners had a furthest trip won of 7f. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 0 places in the past 90 days, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-46.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 5 (2,3) [10 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 10 (6,11) [14 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 1 (7,5) [12 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 14 (3,6) [14 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 3 (1,8) [12 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Hong Kong Sprint is Sha Tin, there has been a total number of 9 winners of this race who ran at Sha Tin last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 10 winners from a total of 117 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 9 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Hong Kong Sprint:

  • Exceed And Excel (2 Wins)
  • Pins (2 Wins)

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have been disappointed with multiple attempts but no wins in the Hong Kong Sprint, that stallion is Darci Brahma who has failed to produce a winner from 6 runners.

Looking at the winning odds over the last 10 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Danon Smash in 2020, winning for Takayuki Yasuda at odds of 218/10 under the guidance of Ryan Moore. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 10 renewals there have been 2 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Hong Kong Sprint head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today. All figures and trends above, such as the horse's previous runs are based on the information that is available on the racing post.

Other Principal races at Sha Tin racecourse

Here are some other notable races at the Sha Tin racecourse throughout the racing season that you may be interested in.

Races in January (Hong Kong Triple Crown)

Races in February (Hong Kong Triple Crown)

Races in April

Races in May (Hong Kong Triple Crown)

Races in November

Races in December (Hong Kong International Races)

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