There are approximately 200,000 thoroughbred racehorses in training around the world, but of these just 1,300, 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 2018, a total of 25 Hong Kong horses featured in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, accounting for 7.5% of the total. Among these was Beauty Generation, joint best miler on turf in the world in 2018, who went on to spend the first six months of 2019 at the top of the world rankings.
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 between 2003 and 2005. Following in his footsteps Sacred Kingdom was the world’s top turf sprinter between 2007 and 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, 27 Hong Kong horses have won 35 overseas races, including 17 at the international Group 1 level.