QE II Cup 2015i

The 2015 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup is a Group One race, run over 2,000m, to be held on April 26, 2015. With a purse of HK$14 million, it is an important target for many overseas connections. First run in 1975 to commemorate a visit to Hong Kong by Queen Elizabeth II it evolved into an international event in 1995, with Hong Kong horses competing against those representing Australia, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. 2014 saw Hong Kong Derby winner Designs On Rome edge out the previous winner, Military Attack.


Audemars Piguet QE II Cup day opened with a surprise of the highest order after which it was almost an anticlimax as Blazing Speed upstaged some of the biggest names in the sport to give Tony Cruz his maiden win in the race and Neil Callan his biggest success in racing

The Jockey Club is justifiably beaming at having a horse owned by the famous Niarchos family racing in Hong Kong for the first time in Sunday's Audemars Piguet QE II Cup, but someone forgot to tell the thoroughbred in question, Smoking Sun, of the significance of the occasion.

Champion trainer Caspar Fownes says preparing Military Attack for Sunday's Group One Audemars Piguet QE II Cup has been one of the greatest challenges of his racing career.

Racing's greatest traveller, Red Cadeaux, returns to a home away from home for the fifth time on Sunday, but for the first time in spring, chasing a piece of history in the Group One Audemars Piguet QE II Cup.

Trainer John Moore has put far more emphasis on Designs On Rome's rate of improvement than on an outside draw for the HK$20 million Group One Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on Sunday.

Four foreign runners are set to meet the cream of the local talent in the HK$20 million Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Sha Tin on April 26, including a rematch of the Hong Kong Cup finish and the first Niarchos family runner in the city's history.