There are approximately 180,000 thoroughbred racehorses in training around the world, but of these just 1,200, or 0.7% of the total, race in Hong Kong. Despite this, and despite Hong Kong having no breeding industry, Hong Kong has some of the world’s best racehorses.
In 2017, a total of 22 Hong Kong horses featured in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, accounting for 6.5% of the total. Hong Kong was joint sixth with Ireland in terms of horses on the list and just behind France, which had 23.
Hong Kong has trained many famous horses over the years, including the legendary Silent Witness, whose 17 straight wins made him the world’s top sprinter in 2004 and 2005. Following in his footsteps Sacred Kingdom was the world’s top turf sprinter 2007-2009 and Vengeance of Rain was the winner of the World Racing Championships Series in 2005.
Hong Kong horses have also tasted success overseas. Following Fairy King Prawn’s breakthrough victory in the 2000 Yasuda Kinen in Japan, 26 Hong Kong horses have won 34 overseas races, including 17 at the international Group 1 level.