1987 The first Hong Kong International Cup, run over 1,800 metres at Sha Tin. Prize money $1.5 million. Race won by Flying Dancer, trained by Brian Kan Ping-chee. 1991 Creation of the second international race, the Hong Kong Bowl, at 1,400 metres. Prize money $2 million. Winner Additional Risk, prepared by Irish mentor Dermot Weld and ridden by Michael Kinane. 1991 After three years of winning raids from overseas runners, Hong Kong's champion galloper River Verdon wins the International Cup. Prize money $3 million. Co-owned by Ronald Arculli, trained by David Hill, ridden by Gerald Mosse. 1994 Hong Kong Jockey Club launches a third international race, the Hong Kong Vase, at 2,400 metres. Prize money $4.5 million. Winner Red Bishop, ridden by Cash Asmussen and trained by Frenchman John Hammond. 1998 A top-level strategic meeting at the Jockey Club decides to build international day to become the world thoroughbred championship. The Cup becomes 2,000 metres. The Bowl becomes the Hong Kong Mile (1,600 metres). A fourth race, the Hong Kong Sprint (1,000 metres) is introduced. Incentives are created to spur owners to upgrade their horses. 2002 Hong Kong's greatest day on turf. Home-trained horses win three of the four international races - Sprint (All Thrills Too), Mile (Olympic Express) and Cup (Precision). 2003 Hong Kong wins two of the four international races - Silent Witness (Sprint) and Lucky Owners (Mile), both trained by Tony Cruz and ridden by Felix Coetzee. Unbeaten Silent Witness officially recognised as the world's leading older turf sprinter by an international panel of handicappers. 2004 December 12 at Sha Tin. Four Group One races, total prize money $56 million, including $18 million for Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup, $14 million for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile, the $14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase, and the $10 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint. World's third-richest day of horse racing.