Riding Dieudonne de Guldenboom, the Swiss rider was successful in a time of 58.37 sec. She was thrilled with her successful start to the three days of competition at AsiaWorld-Expo.
Philips is competing at her fourth consecutive Longines Masters of Hong Kong.
“It’s really nice to be back in Hong Kong,” Richard Philips said.
It was an all female finish with young UK star Jessica Mendoza securing second placing on Wan Architect in 59.17 sec and Spain’s Pilar Lucrecia Cordon third riding Nuage Bleu (60.02 sec).
Ireland’s Bertram Allen was fourth (62.56 sec) and French champion Roger Yves Bost was fifth placed on his 11-year-old Record d’Oreal (62.83 sec).