QEII Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the QEII Cup. This is a race that is hosted at Sha Tin with the race being run over a distance of 1m2f, see which trends the past winners of the QEII Cup have set for this year.

QEII Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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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.

2025 QEII Cup Preview

The QEII Cup (Queen Elizabeth II Cup) was created in 1975 to commemorate when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited Hong Kong and was initially held at the Happy Valley Racecourse.

This Group 1 is now held at the Sha Tin Racecourse in either late April or early May and is contested over 2,000m (1m2f) by runners aged three or older.

QEII Cup Information:

We also have a dedicated Sha Tin tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races in Hong Kong section for links to these.

How competitive is the QEII Cup market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 10 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2023 when the race had an over-round of 121%. The race in 2021 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 124%, whilst on average over the last 10 renewals of the QEII Cup, the over-round has been 123%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £123 which is bet.

QEII Cup 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 QEII Cup next time out then you would have backed a total of 3 winners. Backing all 9 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -3.60. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find a bet on the 2025 QEII Cup.

When looking over the past 10 renewals, a time of 1:58.81 was set by Win Bright in 2019, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Yoshihiro Hatakeyama and ridden by Masami Matsuoka. The slowest winning time was set in 2017 when Neorealism won in a time of 2:04.59, booked to ride was Joao Moreira by the trainer Noriyuki Hori.

These are the top three quickest-run QEII Cup over the last 10 renewals:

  1. Win Bright (1:58.81) in 2019
  2. Exultant (2:00.00) in 2020
  3. Romantic Warrior (2:00.13) in 2022

QEII Cup Past Winners

Here are the QEII Cup 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 QEII Cup as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
2024
2:01.02
Romantic Warrior (IRE)
6yo 9-0 (10 of 11) 9/10F
James McDonald
C S Shum (HK)
2023
2:01.92
Romantic Warrior (IRE)
5yo 9-0 (4 of 7) 13/20F
James McDonald
C S Shum (HK)
2022
2:00.13
Romantic Warrior (IRE)
4yo 9-0 (4 of 10) 4/5F
Karis Teetan
C S Shum (HK)
2021
2:01.22
Loves Only You (JPN)
5yo 8-10 (5 of 7) 48/10
C Y Ho
Yoshito Yahagi (JPN)
2020
2:00.00
Exultant (IRE)
6yo 9-0 (5 of 7) 11/20F
Zac Purton
A S Cruz (HK)
2019
1:58.81
Win Bright (JPN)
5yo 9-0 (1 of 13) 47/1
Masami Matsuoka
Yoshihiro Hatakeyama (JPN)
2018
2:00.21
Pakistan Star (GER)
5yo 9-0 (1 of 8) 77/20
William Buick
A S Cruz (HK)
2017
2:04.59
Neorealism (JPN)
6yo 9-0 (6 of 8) 7/2
Joao Moreira
Noriyuki Hori (JPN)
2016
2:01.32
Werther (NZ)
4yo 9-0 (5 of 13) 91/20
Hugh Bowman
John Moore (HK)
2015
2:02.89
Blazing Speed (GB)
6yo 9-0 (8 of 12) 142/10
Neil Callan
A S Cruz (HK)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the QEII Cup have been based:

  • HK: 7 winners with an additional 10 placings from 64 runners
  • JPN: 3 winners with an additional 6 placings from 20 runners
  • GB: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 4 runners
  • AUS: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 3 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • SAF: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

QEII Cup Trainer Statistics

There are two leading trainers in the QEII Cup over the last 10 renewals with both A S Cruz and C S Shum who have both won the race three times. A S Cruz winners have been with Blazing Speed (2015), Pakistan Star (2018) and Exultant (2020). C S Shum winners have been with Romantic Warrior (2022, 2023 & 2024).

Here are some of the top QEII Cup 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
A S Cruz19-3-8+2.60+4.36
C S Shum6-3-4-0.65+0.93
John Moore11-1-3-5.45-4.07
Noriyuki Hori3-1-1+1.50+0.10
Yoshito Yahagi2-1-2+3.80+2.85
Yoshihiro Hatakeyama1-1-1+47.00+28.20
F C Lor7-0-0-7.00-7.00
C Fownes5-0-1-5.00+2.50
A T Millard4-0-1-4.00+3.80
J Size4-0-0-4.00-4.00

QEII Cup Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the QEII Cup over the last 10 renewals is James McDonald who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Romantic Warrior (2023 & 2024).

Here are some of the top QEII Cup 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
James McDonald3-2-2+0.55-0.05
Zac Purton9-1-3-7.45-5.67
Joao Moreira8-1-1-3.50-4.90
Karis Teetan7-1-3-5.20-3.41
C Y Ho5-1-1+0.80-1.00
Neil Callan4-1-2+11.20+8.42
Hugh Bowman4-1-2+1.55+0.33
Masami Matsuoka1-1-1+47.00+28.20
William Buick1-1-1+3.85+2.31
Brett Prebble4-0-1-4.00-1.40

QEII Cup Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 5+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +52.90 is when runners had 2 wins in the past year. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 place in the past 180 days, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-23.

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

  • 2024: Winner in 10 (5,3) [11 Runners]
  • 2023: Winner in 4 (3) [7 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 4 (2,7) [10 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 5 (7) [7 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 5 (1) [7 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the QEII Cup is Sha Tin, there has been a total number of 7 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 9 winners from a total of 89 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 7 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the QEII Cup, that stallion Acclamation has produced 3 winners (2024,2023,2022).

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have been disappointed with multiple attempts but no wins in the QEII Cup, that stallion is Archipenko who has failed to produce a winner from 5 runners.

Looking at the winning odds over the last 10 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Win Bright in 2019, winning for Yoshihiro Hatakeyama at odds of 47/1 under the guidance of Masami Matsuoka. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 10 renewals there have been 4 winning favourites in the race. Remember to use the best racing tipsters along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2025 QEII Cup. All figures and trends above, such as the horse's previous runs are based on the information that is available on the racing post.

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this QEII Cup Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for International racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing analyst with over 15 years of experience, delves into the intricacies of international horse racing, meticulously analyzing complex statistical data to uncover hidden trends. He spearheads the creation and management of OLBG's international horse racing trend blogs, providing valuable insights for bettors worldwide.

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