Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2018 (Apr. 29) - Pakistan Star, Blackwind

Next race I wanted to write about is at the beautiful Sha Tin racecourse.

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was first run at the Happy Valley Racecourse in Happy Valley, Hong Kong to commemorate a visit to Hong Kong by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. It evolved to an international event in 1995, with Hong Kong horses competing against those from the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Australia.

[align=center]The FF Queen Elizabeth II Cup info:


Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr. 1)


10 furlongs



Note: there are only two FF races in Hong Kong, and the other is Singapore Airlines International Cup (Gr. 1); date: 2022-05-16, Turf, 10 furlongs, 3yo+, $150,000.

Past winners in real life:

  • 2015 - Blazing Speed, age 6 - Time: 2:02.89
  • 2016 - Werther, age 4 - Time: 2:01.32
  • 2017 - Neorealism, age 6 - Time: 2:04.59 - and he is not inbred to Northern Dancer! He doesn’t even have him in his 5-generation pedigree, while he is 5x5 inbred to Nothirdchance, dam of Hail to Reason.

Past Final Furlong winners:

  • 2019 - [color=blue]ICh. Starling, Track: Good Time: 1:58.950 SF: 233. He is now standing at stud.
  • 2020 - [color=blue]GCh. Flying Topaz, Track: Fast Time: 1:59.680 SF: 100, still a racehorse; 2nd in this race was WCh. Sionnach, now standing at stud in England.
  • 2021 - [color=blue]Ch. Hollywood Wren, Track: Good Time: 1:53.785 SF: 137. He is still an active racehorse and finished 4th/10 in Dubai Sheema Classic just recently.

The Final Furlong race is coming this Wednesday, and we already have seven horses entered, including four champions, and the rest being stakes winners / stakes placed. The real life Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2018 will happen on Sunday (Apr. 29) and there is a video about selected runners:

Audemars Piguet QEII Cup 2018 Selected Runners (as at April 18)

And more info about them here: … contenders

By the way - there is a cool detail on each horse’s page, their “running style” depicted in arrows, where the darker arrows show how the horse was positioned in previous races. Maybe an idea for FF rewrite! :wink:

Congratulations Joe of Littlefield for winning the QE Cup with [color=red]Ch. Blackwind! The 4yo filly had only two starts this year, both stakes wins on wet turf. The QE Cup doesn’t get as much international coverage as other real life races, but it is one of the richest Final Furlong races, and Littlefield has just won the previous one - Dubai World Cup.

Kentucky Derby comes next!

And the winner is… Pakistan Star :slight_smile:

…who became a star after his impressive debut race:

He is by Shamardal and out of Irish mare Nina Celebre.

Some photos: … i-cup-2018

Four weeks after winning the QE II Cup, Pakistan Star wins another Group 1 race: the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin: