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Hong Kong season comes to a close

Steve Bennett in News 15 Jul 2019
  • Racing season closes at Sha Tin
  • New records set
Hong Kong 2018/19 season ends

The 2018/19 racing season came to a close at Sha Tin on Sunday setting new records.

An increase of 13.5% in wagering from overseas customers saw a record turnover of HK$124.819 billion being reached.

Hong Kong Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges was very pleased with the results.

“It was a record-breaking year under challenging economic circumstances” he said. 
“At [Sunday’s meeting] we had record turnover, which is something we take a lot of positives from going into next season.  
“So in the economic circumstances we are very satisfied with this result. It has been a challenging year with a lot of ups and downs. 
“It was one of the best season finales we have ever had. 
"We had more than 51,000 people on track, which is the biggest since 2012.”

It was a fitting farewell to the season for jockey Karis Teetan who managed to ride a winning treble on the day.

But riding honours all belonged to Zac Purton who again scooped the pool for the awards.


For the second year running, Purton took out the Jockey’s Premiership, his third in total.

He finished the season with 168 winners, just two short of Joao Moreira’s record of 170. 

It was an all-Aussie quinella here with John Size holding on to take out the title, finishing three clear of John Moore who chased him all the way.

It is the 11th time Size has claimed the title which was only decided on the final day of racing.

Without too much surprise, this went to the John Moore-trained Beauty Generation for the second consecutive year.

The six-year-old Road To Rock gelding became the eighth horse to win back-to-back titles.

He finished the season unbeaten in eight starts.

This was won by Beat The Clock after taking out two Group One sprints during the year.

The John Size-trained five-year-old took out the Group One Centenary Cup (1200m) and the Group One Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) which took the son of Hinchinbrook’s stats to 21 starts for eight wins and 13 minor placings.

This award went virtually unchallenged and taken out by Beauty Generation for the second year in succession.

John Moore’s pin-up horse finished the season unbeaten, winning all Group One mile events.

This was taken out by the Tony Cruz-trained Exultant who won three Group One’s during the season.

He took out the Hong Kong Vase (2400m), Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) and the Standard Chartered-Chater Cup (2400m).

Zac Purton partnered the five-year-old son of Teofilo on each occasion.

This was also won by Exultant after winning the Group Three Centenary Vase (1800m) and finishing second in the Group Two Bochk Cup (1800m) and Group One QEII Cup (2000m).

The 2019/20 season commences on Sunday, September 1 at Sha Tin.

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