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Chairman's Sprint takes prominence

The Chairman's Sprint Prize, in only its second year as a Group 1 race, ranked highest of Hong Kong's elite level contests in the World's Top 100 Group 1 Races for 2017.

Hong Kong had five G1 races in the world's top 50, with the Chairman's Sprint Prize ranked equal 34th and rated as the fourth best sprint race in the world. The LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (=40), the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (=40), the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (=44) and the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (=48) were also in the leading 50.

Race rankings are determined by the average of the year-end ratings of the first four finishers in each Group 1 contest. Last year's Chairman's Sprint Prize, won by Lucky Bubbles with Mr Stunning a close second, came out with a final race rating of 119.25.

 

World's Top Group 1 Races

(Annual Race Rating 114 and above)

RankRaceDistance
(Metres)
Cat.SurfaceRace TrackCountryQualificationPattern Race Rating
1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2400 L T CHANTILLY FR 3+ 126.25
2 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO 2400 L T ASCOT GB 3+ 124.75
3 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline 2000 I D MEYDAN UAE 4+ 124.00
4 Breeders' Cup Classic 2000 I D DEL MAR USA 3+ 123.75
5 China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes 1500 M T ROSEHILL AUS 3+ 122.75
6 LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2000 I T RANDWICK AUS 3+ 122.00
7 Juddmonte International Stakes 2080 I T YORK GB 3+ 121.75
  Prince of Wales's Stakes 2000 I T ASCOT GB 4+ 121.75
  QIPCO Champion Stakes 2000 I T ASCOT GB 3+ 121.75
10 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby 2400 L T CURRAGH IRE 3yo 121.50
  Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes 1800 M D GULFSTREAM PARK USA 4+ 121.50
12 Japan Cup in association with LONGINES 2400 L T TOKYO JPN 3+ 121.25
  Tenno Sho (Spring) 3200 E T KYOTO JPN 4+ 121.25
14 Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) 2500 L T NAKAYAMA JPN 3+ 121.00
  Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes 1600 M T RANDWICK AUS 3+ 121.00
  Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO 1600 M T ASCOT GB 3+ 121.00
17 LONGINES Breeders' Cup Turf 2400 L T DEL MAR USA 3+ 120.75
18 Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World 1800 M T MEYDAN UAE 4+ 120.50
  Investec Derby 2400 L T EPSOM DOWNS GB 3yo 120.50
  Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2040 I T MOONEE VALLEY AUS 3+ 120.50
  TAB Chipping Norton Stakes 1600 M T RANDWICK AUS 3+ 120.50
22 Tenno Sho (Autumn) 2000 I T TOKYO JPN 3+ 120.25
23 $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic 2000 I D DEL MAR USA 3+ 120.00
  Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes 1000 S T YORK GB 2+ 120.00
  Darley July Cup 1200 S T NEWMARKET GB 3+ 120.00
  QIPCO 2000 Guineas 1600 M T NEWMARKET GB 3yo 120.00
  QIPCO British Champions Sprint 1200 S T ASCOT GB 3+ 120.00
  Queen Anne Stakes 1600 M T ASCOT GB 4+ 120.00
29 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes 1600 M T FLEMINGTON AUS 3+ 119.75
  Seppelt Turnbull Stakes 2000 I T FLEMINGTON AUS 4+ 119.75
  St James's Palace Stakes 1600 M T ASCOT GB 3yo 119.75
32 Coral-Eclipse Stakes 2000 I T SANDOWN PARK GB 3+ 119.50
  TAB Australian Cup 2000 I T FLEMINGTON AUS 3+ 119.50
34 The BMW 2400 L T ROSEHILL AUS 3+ 119.25
  Chairman's Sprint Prize 1200 S T SHA TIN HK 3+ 119.25
  Darley Classic 1200 S T FLEMINGTON AUS 3+ 119.25
  Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp 1600 M T CHANTILLY FR 3+ 119.25
38 Osaka Hai 2000 I T HANSHIN JPN 4+ 119.00
  Whitney Stakes 1800 M D SARATOGA USA 3+ 119.00
40 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase 2400 L T SHA TIN HK 3+ 118.75
  King's Stand Stakes 1000 S T ASCOT GB 3+ 118.75
  LONGINES Hong Kong Cup 2000 I T SHA TIN HK 3+ 118.75
  William Hill St Leger Stakes 2920 E T DONCASTER GB 3yo 118.75
44 32Red Sprint Cup 1200 S T HAYDOCK PARK GB 3+ 118.50
  LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint 1200 S T SHA TIN HK 3+ 118.50
  New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes 1400 M T CAULFIELD AUS 3+ 118.50
  Pastorius - Grosser Preis von Bayern 2400 L T MUNICH GER 3+ 118.50
48 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup 2000 I T SHA TIN HK 3+ 118.25
  Breeders' Cup Mile 1600 M T DEL MAR USA 3+ 118.25
  Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes 1600 M T LEOPARDSTOWN IRE 3+ F&M 118.25
  Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes 1800 M T CAULFIELD AUS 3+ 118.25
  LONGINES Dubai Sheema Classic 2410 L T MEYDAN UAE 4+ 118.25
  L'Ormarins Queen's Plate 1600 M T KENILWORTH SAF 3+ 118.25
  Takarazuka Kinen 2200 L T HANSHIN JPN 3+ 118.25
55 Darley T. J. Smith Stakes  1200 S T RANDWICK AUS 3+ 118.00
  Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes 2400 L T BELMONT PARK USA 3+ 118.00
  Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands 2000 I D CHURCHILL DOWNS USA 3yo 118.00
  Prix Ganay 2100 I T SAINT-CLOUD FR 4+ 118.00
  Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint 1200 S D DEL MAR USA 3+ 118.00
60 Canterbury BMW Stakes 1300 S T RANDWICK AUS 3+ 117.75
  Darley Yorkshire Oaks 2400 L T YORK GB 3+ F&M 117.75
  Diamond Jubilee Stakes 1200 S T ASCOT GB 4+ 117.75
  LONGINES Breeders' Cup Distaff 1800 M D SANTA ANITA USA 3+ F&M 117.75
  Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets 2000 I D SARATOGA USA 3yo 117.75
65 Champions Mile 1600 M T SHA TIN HK 3+ 117.50
  Gold Cup 4000 E T ASCOT GB 4+ 117.50
  Mackinnon (Emirates) Stakes 2000 I T FLEMINGTON AUS 3+ 117.50
  Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap 1600 M D BELMONT PARK USA 3+ 117.50
  Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard - Jacques Le Marois 1600 M T DEAUVILLE FR 3+ 117.50
  Qatar Sussex Stakes 1600 M T GOODWOOD GB 3+ 117.50
  QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes 2000 I T LEOPARDSTOWN IRE 3+ 117.50
  Stewards' Cup 1600 M T SHA TIN HK 3+ 117.50
  Tattersalls Gold Cup 2100 I T CURRAGH IRE 4+ 117.50
  The Star Doncaster Mile Handicap 1600 M T RANDWICK AUS 3+ 117.50
  Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) 2400 L T TOKYO JPN 3yo 117.50
  Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets 1800 M D SARATOGA USA 3+ 117.50
77 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes 1600 M T NEWBURY GB 4+ 117.25
  Commonwealth Cup 1200 S T ASCOT GB 3yo 117.25
  Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile 1600 M D DEL MAR USA 3+ 117.25
  Sun Met Celebrated with Mumm 2000 I T KENILWORTH SAF 3+ 117.25
81 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile 1600 M T SHA TIN HK 3+ 117.00
  Investec Coronation Cup 2400 L T EPSOM DOWNS GB 4+ 117.00
  LONGINES Grosser Preis von Baden 2400 L T BADEN BADEN GER 3+ 117.00
  QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club 2100 I T CHANTILLY FR 3yo 117.00
  Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes 1600 M T WOODBINE CAN 3+ 117.00
86 Mile Championship 1600 M T KYOTO JPN 3+ 116.75
  Yasuda Kinen 1600 M T TOKYO JPN 3+ 116.75
  James Boag's Premium Doomben 10,000 1200 S T DOOMBEN AUS 3+ 116.75
  Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes 2000 I D BELMONT PARK USA 3+ 116.75
  Ladbrokes C. F. Orr Stakes 1400 M T CAULFIELD AUS 3+ 116.75
  Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 1200 S T MOONEE VALLEY AUS 3+ 116.75
  Qatar Nassau Stakes 2000 I T GOODWOOD GB 3+ F&M 116.75
  Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp 1000 S T CHANTILLY FR 2+ 116.75
  Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup 1400 M T SHA TIN HK 3+ 116.75
  Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Gns) 2000 I T NAKAYAMA JPN 3yo 116.75
  Vodacom Durban July Handicap 2200 L T GREYVILLE SAF 3+ 116.75
97 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes 2000 I T CAULFIELD AUS 3+ 116.50
  Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 1000 S T FLEMINGTON AUS 3+ 116.50
  Champions Cup 1800 M D CHUKYO JPN 3+ 116.50
  Italktravel Futurity Stakes 1400 M T CAULFIELD AUS 3+ 116.50
  Tokyo Daishoten 2000 I D OHI JPN 3+ 116.50
102 Arlington Million XXXV 2000 I T ARLINGTON USA 3+ 116.25
  Coronation Stakes  1600 M T ASCOT GB 3yo F 116.25
  Prix de l'Opera LONGINES  2000 I T CHANTILLY FR 3+ F&M 116.25
  Ranvet Stakes 2000 I T ROSEHILL AUS 3+ 116.25
  Rising Sun Gold Challenge 1600 M T GREYVILLE SAF 3+ 116.25
  Ubet Stradbroke Handicap 1400 M T DOOMBEN AUS 3+ 116.25
  Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes 2000 I T BELMONT PARK USA 4+ 116.25
109 BMW Australian Derby 2400 L T RANDWICK AUS 3yo 116.00
  Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup 2000 I T SHA TIN HK 3+ 116.00
  Fourstardave Handicap 1600 M T SARATOGA USA 3+ 116.00
  H. F. Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes 1600 M T TURFFONTEIN SAF 3+ 116.00
  Horlicks Plate (Windsor Park) 1600 M T HASTINGS NZ 3+ 116.00
  Lexus Newmarket Handicap 1200 S T FLEMINGTON AUS 3+ 116.00
  LONGINES Grosser Preis von Berlin 2400 L T HOPPEGARTEN GER 3+ 116.00
  Premier's Champions Challenge  2000 I T TURFFONTEIN SAF 3+ 116.00
  Vodafone New Zealand  Derby 2400 L T ELLERSLIE NZ 3yo 116.00
118 Betting World Cape Flying Championship 1000 S T KENILWORTH SAF 3+ 115.75
  Comer Group International Irish St Leger 2800 E T CURRAGH IRE 3+ 115.75
  Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini - Internacional 2400 L T SAN ISIDRO ARG 3+ 115.75
  Qatar Goodwood Cup 3200 E T GOODWOOD GB 3+ 115.75
  Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas 1600 M T CURRAGH IRE 3yo F 115.75
123 Abu Dhabi Poule d'Essai des Poulains 1600 M T DEAUVILLE FR 3yo 115.50
  Awesome Again Stakes 1800 M D SANTA ANITA USA 3+ 115.50
  Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare 1800 M D CHURCHILL DOWNS USA 3+ 115.50
  Computaform Sprint 1000 S T TURFFONTEIN SAF 3+ 115.50
  Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes 1200 S D SANTA ANITA USA 3+ 115.50
  United Nations Handicap 2200 L T MONMOUTH PARK USA 3+ 115.50
129 Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi Developments 1000 S T MEYDAN UAE 3+ 115.25
  Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf 1800 I T DEL MAR USA 3+ F&M 115.25
  Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris 2400 L T SAINT-CLOUD FR 3yo 115.25
  Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) 3000 E T KYOTO JPN 3yo 115.25
  Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes 1600 M T KEENELAND USA 3+ 115.25
  Tarzino Trophy 1400 M T HASTINGS NZ 3+ 115.25
135 Emirates Melbourne Cup  3200 E T FLEMINGTON AUS 3+ 115.00
  Man O' War Stakes 2200 L T BELMONT PARK USA 3+ 115.00
  Preakness Stakes 1900 I D PIMLICO USA 3yo 115.00
  Woodford Reserve Turf Classic 1800 M T CHURCHILL DOWNS USA 4+ 115.00
139 Belmont Derby Invitational (ex Jamaica) 2000 I T BELMONT PARK USA 3yo 114.75
  Betfair.com Haskell Invitational  1800 M D MONMOUTH PARK USA 3yo 114.75
  Brasil  2400 L T GAVEA BRZ 3+ 114.75
  Coolmore Stud Stakes 1200 S T FLEMINGTON AUS 3yo 114.75
  Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup 1300 S T EAGLE FARM AUS 3+ 114.75
  Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes 1600 M T NEWMARKET GB 3+ F&M 114.75
  Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz 2000 I T SAN ISIDRO ARG 3+ 114.75
  QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes 2400 L T ASCOT GB 3+ F&M 114.75
  Resimax Group Oakleigh Plate Handicap 1100 S T CAULFIELD AUS 3+ 114.75
  Sword Dancer Stakes 2400 L T SARATOGA USA 3+ 114.75
149 Charter Keck Cramer A. J. Moir Stakes 1000 S T MOONEE VALLEY AUS 3+ 114.50
  Cigar Mile Presented by NYRA Bets 1600 M D AQUEDUCT USA 3+ 114.50
  Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud 2400 L T SAINT-CLOUD FR 4+ 114.50
  Keogh Homes William Reid Stakes 1200 S T MOONEE VALLEY AUS 3+ 114.50
  LONGINES Gran Premio Latinoamericano 2400 L T VALPARAISO CHI 3+ 114.50
  Maker's 46 Mile Stakes 1600 M T KEENELAND USA 4+ 114.50
  Sky  Racing Rosehill Guineas  2000 I T ROSEHILL AUS 3yo 114.50
  Spring Classic (Livamol) 2040 I T HASTINGS NZ 3+ 114.50
  Sprinters Stakes 1200 S T NAKAYAMA JPN 3+ 114.50
  Tab Epsom Handicap 1600 M T RANDWICK AUS 3+ 114.50
159 Australian Guineas  1600 M T FLEMINGTON AUS 3yo 114.25
  February Stakes 1600 M D TOKYO JPN 4+ 114.25
  Schweppes All Aged Stakes 1400 M T RANDWICK AUS 3+ 114.25
  Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup 2400 L T SHA TIN HK 3+ 114.25
  World Sports Betting Champions Cup 1800 M T GREYVILLE SAF 3+ 114.25
164 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes 1700 M T KEENELAND USA 4+ F&M 114.00
  Darley Goodwood Handicap 1200 S T MORPHETTVILLE AUS 3+ 114.00
  Darley Irish Oaks 2400 L T CURRAGH IRE 3yo F 114.00
  Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen 2000 I T MUNICH GER 3+ 114.00
  Herbie Dyke Stakes 2000 I T TE RAPA NZ 3+ 114.00
  Hollywood Derby 1800 M T DEL MAR USA 3yo 114.00
  Qatar Prix Vermeille 2400 L T CHANTILLY FR 3+ F&M 114.00
  QIPCO 1000 Guineas 1600 M T NEWMARKET GB 3yo F 114.00
  Santa Anita Oaks 1700 M D SANTA ANITA USA 3yo F 114.00
Legend and Notes

Distance Categories
S 5f - 6.5f : 1000m - 1300m
S (CAN/USA): 5f - 7.99f : 1000m - 1599m
M 6.51f - 9.49f : 1301m - 1899m
M (CAN/USA): 8f - 9.49f : 1600m - 1899m
I 9.5f - 10.5f : 1900m - 2100m
L 10.51f - 13.5f : 2101m - 2700m
E 13.51f+ : 2701m+

 

Surface:
A - Artificial, D - Dirt, T - Turf

 

Sex:
C - Colt, F - Filly, G - Gelding, H - Horse, M - Mare, R - Rig

 

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