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Hong Kong Mile

The Hong Kong Mile is a Group 1 flat horse race in Hong Kong which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile) at Sha Tin, and it is scheduled to take place each year in mid December.
The race was first run in 1991, and it was originally titled the Hong Kong International Bowl. Its distance was initially set at 1,400 metres. The event's present title and distance were both introduced in 1999, and the following year it was promoted to Group 1 status.
The Hong Kong Mile is one of the four Hong Kong International Races, and it presently offers a purse of HK$20,000,000 (approximately US$2.5 million).

Lord Kanaloa certainly capable of rare double

Lord Kanaloa

It is a rare beast able to win Group One races at 1,200m and also at a 1,600m level as high as the Yasuda Kinen and it's certainly an outstanding early prospect for the Longines December internationals that we may see him here for the Hong Kong Mile.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 4:53am

Lord Kanaloa eyes Hong Kong Mile

Glorious Days (outside) keeps battling away to finish 11th after bungling the start. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The stallion emphatically swept aside pre-race doubts he could run a strong 1,600m as two of his potential rivals in December - Glorious Days and Helene Spirit - finished down the track.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Ambitious Dragon's 'a super champion'

An overjoyed Zac Purton stands in the stirrups of superstar Ambitious Dragon after his victory in the Hong Kong Mile.

Two days after a trackwork incident had nearly dashed his chance at a long-awaited date with destiny, Ambitious Dragon thrust himself into the company of the all-time greats, with emotional trainer Tony Millard left to marvel at his horse's toughness and tenacity.

10 Dec 2012 - 12:37pm

Respect Glorious Days, says Millard

Glorious Days and his main rival Ambitious Dragon strut their stuff front of a big trackwork crowd at Sha Tin yesterday. They both look in mint condition for the Hong Kong Mile. Photos: Kenneth Chan

If you listen to the trainers of Ambitious Dragon and Glorious Days - the leading chances for tomorrow's Longines Hong Kong Mile - the mutual admiration flows so freely you could easily get the impression they would switch horses for one race if they could.

8 Dec 2012 - 1:54am

On clear morning, French filly Siyouma serves up breakfast to remember

Trainer Francois Doumen pats Siyouma after his filly did a smashing 1,200m turf gallop with Gerald Mosse yesterday.

Gerald Mosse has raised more than the occasional eyebrow this week as he repeatedly made a case for French filly Siyouma measuring up to the Hong Kong milers, and any lingering doubts about his filly's ability vanished without trace in the wake of a sparkling workout yesterday.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:04am

Champ Ambitious Dragon out of luck in Hong Kong Mile barrier draw

Hong Kong Vase candidate Pagera, with jockey Olivier Peslier, is full of beans under a rare blue sky at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

When Ambitious Dragon's owner, Johnson Lam Pui-hung, peeled back the number 11 at the barrier draw for the HK$20 million Longines Hong Mile yesterday, the audible sigh from onlookers said "advantage Glorious Days" - but there was one important individual who demurred.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:33am

Gordon Lord Byron is the name on everyone's lips for Hong Kong Mile

First time he went to the races, Mile hopeful Gordon Lord Byron went so badly he was pulled up after a furlong. And this time last year he was languishing in the relative obscurity of Friday night racing in the northeast of Ireland, twice beaten in modest handicaps on Dundalk's all-weather track.

6 Dec 2012 - 2:18am

Xtension delivers a timely reminder for Hong Kong Mile

Xtension shades Charles The Great in their gallop.

Xtension heads into Sunday's showcase meeting with impeccable credentials as the host city's big-occasion miler and he further underlined his claims to a third international Group One title.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:16am

Millard keeps things fresh with Ambitious Dragon

Ambitious Dragon is under a good hold by Beverley Millard, wife of trainer Tony, during a gentle gallop on the course proper yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There will be no sizzling trackwork from Ambitious Dragon this week, according to his handler Tony Millard, who says the trainer's cue is in the rack and his reigning two-time Horse of the Year is ready for a date with destiny in Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Mile.

4 Dec 2012 - 1:37am

Japanese pair poses biggest danger to Hong Kong stranglehold in Mile

The first six home in the Jockey Club Mile have been selected, headed by Ambitious Dragon and Sunday's winner Glorious Days. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Hong Kong has not been beaten in its flagship 1,600m event, the Hong Kong Mile, since Japanese galloper Hat Trick took it out seven years ago and it is the Japanese who present the greatest challenge this year to a home-town win.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:28am

80 Group One winners nominate for HK International Races

Frankel races ahead of Olivier Peslier on Cirrus des Aigles, which has been nominated for the International Races. Photo: Reuters

The Jockey Club has announced early nominations for the HK$72 million on offer in the Longines Hong Kong International Races on December 9, with 80 Group One winners among the names.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:00am

Longines boosts big day by HK$4m

Hong Kong racing's 'turf world championships' showpiece on December 9 will see an increase in stake money with the transition to its new sponsor, Longines.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lucky Nine and Glorious Days flop miserably

Hong Kong horses again drew blanks on foreign shores with a disappointing duo failing to fire in yesterday's Yasuda Kinen, as Japanese comeback horse Strong Return emerged as contender for December's Hong Kong Mile with a bullocking victory.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Top trainers can't see past cityscape for mile

The discussion at yesterday's BMW Champions Mile barrier draw seemed to be centred less around the draw itself than about the time and margin that would be posted by Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape, with both John Moore and John Size conceding the English horse may simply be too good.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rispoli signs off in style on Rulership

A brilliant Italian rider and a super Japanese racehorse will be the names on the trophy for the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup of 2012, but the Sha Tin racetrack also emerged from the gloom of Sunday morning to play hero in yesterday's international feature.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am