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By David Morgan

Werther enhanced his status as Hong Kong°«s 10-furlong standout with a battling victory in the Group 2 BOCHK Jockey Club Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin Racecourse this afternoon, Sunday, 19 November.

Next month°«s HK$25 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (10 December) at the course and distance is all that stands between the six-year-old and a career sweep of Hong Kong°«s premier 2000m contests. Werther has already sealed wins in the BMW Hong Kong Derby, AP QEII Cup and Hong Kong Gold Cup, and this afternoon°«s triumph was just the lead-up to Hong Kong°«s richest race connections had been hoping for.

°»He°«s exactly where we want him to be, there are exciting times ahead,°… said winning jockey Tommy Berry.

Werther had to call on his champion°«s grit in the closing stages to outpoint runner-up Time Warp by a neck. The New Zealand-bred was blowing hard when he came back to the winner°«s arch, but emphasised his wellbeing with a brash kick at the air as he made his exit.

°»That was a cracking good run considering it was his second run this season,°… said trainer John Moore, who was registering a fifth success in the race. °»His fitness was really tested and he will improve for this run.

°»The speed that Harbour Master went up front today really tested his fitness level, which wasn°«t 100 percent. We got away with it and now we go to the Hong Kong Cup. He°«ll come away from this race in better fettle for that grand final.°…

Werther settled fourth, nine lengths behind his bounding stablemate Harbour Master, and had to work to make ground into the final turn. Time Warp, positioned second under Joao Moreira, kicked past the fading leader with 400m to race, as Berry got tough in pursuit on the former Horse of the Year.

The Tavistock gelding responded to Berry°«s drive, and, despite Time Warp rolling out towards Werther in the run to the line, the white-blazed bay maintained a determined locomotion to earn the spoils in a time of 2m 01.52s.

°»He°«s not fully fit and he°«s beaten them all there carrying a five-pound penalty, so that gives us confidence for three weeks°« time,°… Moore said.

Intermittent rainfall over the weekend meant that there was a slight cushion in the Sha Tin turf and Berry believed that was beneficial to the horse, whose best ever performance remains a wet track victory in the 2016 G1 AP QEII Cup (2000m).

°»He°«s really come on since his first run when we thought he°«d a finish a bit closer than he did, and I think the cut in the track today really suited him,°… Berry said.

°»I said before today that he°«ll be spot on for December and I think that showed. He just ran out of gas a bit the last 100 metres and Joao took me off my course a little bit where he lost his balance. All in all he°«s going great and I°«m looking forward to December with him.

°»There°«s probably another 10 percent to come, but even with the race being run the way it was, it sort of made us make up a fair bit before the corner, which probably took a bit of dash out of him as well,°… Berry continued.

°»In a normally-run race, he probably would have been able to sit a little bit longer and would have shown a better turn-of-foot. Three or four things went against him today and he still got the job done. The two main reasons why he didn°«t pull away from them was that he was running out of condition and he was taken off his course a bit.°…

Moreira was pleased with second-placed Time Warp.

°»It was a lovely run,°… the champion jockey said. °»The leader just went a bit too fast, so I was happy to sit behind him. And when I went past, I was left in front for quite some time. I was beaten in the last 100 metres. I was beaten by a good horse, and I was very pleased with my horse°«s run.°…

Time Warp finished second in the G3 Sa Sa Ladies°« Purse Handicap (1800m) at his last start. Nassa, the horse that pipped him that time, ran third, a further length and a half back.

°»I had a lovely run, it was a hot speed but I followed Time Warp everywhere,°… jockey Chad Schofield said of the Tony Millard-trained galloper. °»Werther whipped around very quickly and put himself into the race a long way out, I got my run at the top of the straight and my bloke was brave.°…

The Tony Cruz-trained Gold Mount ran on strongly from deep for fourth, having been checked at the turn into the stretch. The 2016 Royal Ascot winner clocked a race-fastest closing 400m of 22.62s.

Werther, returned at odds of 2.2, became the first favourite to win the race since Viva Pataca scored as a 1.3 chance in November, 2008.

Selected runners for all four of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – the HK$25 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$18.5 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) and the HK$18 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) – will be announced on Wednesday, 22 November.

Seasons Bloom flourishes to win the BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile20 Nov 2017

By David Morgan

Seasons Bloom gave the established order a shake with a signal triumph in the Group 2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin Racecourse this afternoon, Sunday, 19 November.

Danny Shum°«s charge was a leading player in last season°«s Four-Year-Old Classic Series and took today°«s step up to open company with aplomb under Joao Moreira. The Captain Sonador gelding steamed past the two-time G1 winner Helene Paragon for a half-length success and is now a leading candidate for the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m) on 10 December.

°»He°«s a very nice horse and I really think he°«s going to be right there with them on the big day,°… said Moreira, whose previous win in the race came atop Able Friend in 2014.

Seasons Bloom sprinted through a closing 400m surge, timed at a race-fastest 22.55s. The result looked solid, with another protagonist from last season°«s four-year-old crop, the in-form Beauty Generation, a length back in third of 12, and last year°«s LONGINES Hong Kong Mile hero Beauty Only a further head away in fourth. Helene Paragon and Beauty Only shouldered 5lb G1 penalties; the winning time was 1m 34.13s.

°»Based on what he°«s done today, you would think he°«d be able to run well in the Hong Kong Mile next time because he beat some of the best horses in Hong Kong today, and he had to make it tough, being exposed three wide,°… Moreira said.

°»Danny left the tactics in my hands; he didn°«t give me specific instruction, I was happy to help him to get going because he doesn°«t have much early speed. I was able to cross a few horses and get to a position three off the fence, obviously it wasn°«t ideal but at least he had cover and I got him to relax in a position just better than midfield.

°»Once we straightened up, I held my nerve a little bit and he used pretty much everything he had in the last furlong, and he gave me plenty. Danny gave him a break and that paid off today.°…

Seasons Bloom, returned the 3.7 joint-favourite with Beauty Only, had not raced since a fine second to Beauty Generation in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) on 1 October. That followed a first-up win in a Class 1 handicap over 1200m on the season°«s opening day.

°»I did think a little break would help the horse be more successful into the big races, so I°«m happy the owner supported my decision,°… Shum said, after welcoming his first Jockey Club Mile victor.

°»He°«s not the biggest horse, so I°«ll try to keep him fresh and happy now. He has a big heart and I think he°«ll run a good race in December – we°«ll try our best.°…

Helene Paragon battled to a narrow lead over stablemate Beauty Generation with 100m to race but had no answer to Seasons Bloom°«s late swoop.

°»As I said to everyone before he ran, he was definitely going to need the run,°… Helene Paragon°«s jockey Tommy Berry said. °»I think that showed today. He peaked at about the 100 (metres), he had a decent blow when he pulled up so I°«m very excited for December now.°…

Beauty Generation, third to Seasons Bloom°«s second in last term°«s Hong Kong Classic Mile, continued the fine form that had already snared G3 and G2 handicap wins this season.

°»He was very honest, he ran well. He got bumped at the 600 metres but he still fought back. That was good,°… rider Derek Leung said.

Selected runners for all four of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – the HK$25 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$18.5 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) and the HK$18 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) – will be announced on Wednesday, 22 November.

Hong Kong racing resumes at Happy Valley on Wednesday, 22 November.

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Stunning Hong Kong°«s leading seed as Size dominates Jockey Club Sprint20 Nov 2017

By Andrew Hawkins

Mr Stunning stamped himself as the horse to beat in next month°«s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) with a comfortable victory in the traditional local lead-up, the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint (1200m), at Sha Tin on Sunday, 19 November.

In a sign of the strength of reigning Champion Trainer John Size°«s sprinting stock, Mr Stunning, under Nash Rawiller, led home a 1-2-3-5 for the stable. Amazing Kids (Brett Prebble) and D B Pin (Olivier Doleuze) fought out second, a length and a half behind the winner, while Thewizardofoz (Joao Moreira) made up ground from last to finish fifth.
°»They°«ve all run very pleasingly,°… Size said. °»Mr Stunning seemed to dominate today, but it all depends on the way the race is run in three weeks. That race could be run at a different tempo, which could give us a different result. Mr Stunning still has to produce it again in three weeks, but if he pulls up well, he should be able to repeat the run.

°»This preparation, though, he has done everything perfectly. He°«s obviously a nice horse to train, he°«s relatively straightforward and similarly, on raceday, he°«s pretty good for the jockeys too.°…

In what was a messy affair, Peniaphobia controlled the tempo early under Matthew Chadwick. However, he slowed the pace considerably at the 600m, causing the field to bunch and placing 2.4 favourite Lucky Bubbles in an awkward position on the inside of horses near the rear.

For Lucky Bubbles, a clear run was not forthcoming at any point in the stretch and he went to the line ninth of the 10 runners but hard-held, almost five lengths from Mr Stunning. It was a run reminiscent of Aerovelocity°«s last-placed finish in the same race in 2014; a start later, he won the Hong Kong Sprint.

°»Disaster,°… jockey Zac Purton stated succinctly.

One horse not affected by the race°«s changing complexion on the circle, though, was Mr Stunning, with Rawiller saying the five-year-old was able to adapt to the notable change in tempo.

°»He°«s an absolute star, he°«s so push-button,°… Rawiller said. °»Today, he jumped first out of the gates and I dropped my hands on his neck and he just came straight back under me. He was a dream to ride throughout the run. Even when the pace slowed up dramatically, it probably put the whole race out of whack, but he°«s nimble on his feet and he was able to capitalise on that.

°»I was able to roll forward into the race and he put it beyond doubt at the 300m, he was travelling very comfortably and it was just a matter of letting him go to win the race.°…

Size, who won the 2008 Jockey Club Sprint with Enthused, has only had one previous HKIR winner from 37 starters. That was Glorious Days, who won the Hong Kong Mile first-up in 2013.

However, Rawiller is confident that the nine-time Champion Trainer can win his first Hong Kong Sprint on 10 December.

°»Mr Size is a master at dealing with these types of horses,°… Rawiller said. °»There are going to be horses around him that will improve, just as he will, but I think he°«s going to be the one to beat, that°«s for sure.°…

Amazing Kids made up good ground to finish second, although Prebble believed he was fortunate to hold the runner-up spot.

°»He ran super,°… Prebble said. °»He gave me a good kick, but the winner is just too good. He held on for a nice second, but he was probably lucky to run second – the third horse should have beaten him home.°…

That third horse was last season°«s Most Improved Horse D B Pin, who put himself forward as a potential Hong Kong Sprint candidate with the best effort of his career.

°»It was the first time I had the chance to sit on him,°… Doleuze said. °»I°«m very pleased with his performance. I think that if he can produce a similar run in the internationals, he will be in the finish.°…

Mr Stunning stopped the clock in 1m 09.33s, the slowest Jockey Club Sprint win since the race was upped to 1200m in 2006.

Selected runners for all four of the 10 December LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – the HK$25 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$18.5 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) and the HK$18 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) – will be announced on Wednesday, 22 November.

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Seasons change as the rising generation targets the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile16 Nov 2017

By David Morgan

When champions wane and retire, the voids they leave behind must be filled and in Sunday°«s (19 November) HK$4 million G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin, a handful of rising stars will attempt to push their way into the space vacated by Able Friend°«s retirement earlier this year.

By the time Hong Kong°«s all-time highest-rated horse ran his final race last February, Beauty Only and Helene Paragon had emerged as the mile division°«s leaders, with the former claiming the Champion Miler crown. That pair faces a challenge this term from the rising stars out of last year°«s four-year-old crop, and, so far, Seasons Bloom, Beauty Generation and Western Express are leading the assault.

Seasons Bloom, runner-up to the late Rapper Dragon in last term°«s Hong Kong Classic Mile, set a benchmark early in this campaign. Danny Shum°«s charge stepped out on the season°«s opening day with an impressive Class 1 win at 1200m under Joao Moreira. The Australian import followed that with second place in a talent-packed edition of the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) back on 1 October.

°»It°«s very smart of Danny to have given him a nice space between runs. I think the horse will appreciate that and it will show in the race,°… Moreira said.

The front-running Beauty Generation took the Celebration Cup, a length and a half ahead of Seasons Bloom. But Moreira°«s mount conceded 8lb to the winner that day and the jockey expects a bold showing in Sunday°«s set-weights Group 2.

°»This is Seasons Bloom°«s first hard test,°… he said. °»So far he°«s done very well, he°«s faced some of these horses and beaten them; now he°«s facing a few others that will make it a bit tougher but I believe he°«s up to the competition.

°»I can°«t say he°«s going to win because he°«s against some very good horses but he°«ll be right there. Whoever wants to win will definitely have to bring their very best because I°«m sure he°«s in good form. I galloped him the other day and he gave me such a great feeling.°…

Beauty Generation was behind Seasons Bloom when third in last season°«s Hong Kong Classic Mile, but finished one place ahead when filling the same berth in the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m). The bay subsequently scored a Class 2 win at 2200m but has found improvement this term, making the running back down in distance.

Last time out, on 22 October, John Moore°«s charge added a win in the G2 Sha Tin Trophy Handicap (1600m) to give him a two from two return this term.

°»Beauty Generation is just a different horse this season,°… Moore said. °»We changed the riding tactics and brought him back in trip and he°«s really proving to be a force they all need to reckon with. He°«s absolutely thriving at present.

°»The horse is jumping out of his skin. He°«s just come on so much from his first season in Hong Kong. He°«s settled in and he°«ll be in the firing line on Sunday. He°«ll be close again.°…

Western Express was found wanting when he stepped into the Four-Year-Old Classic Series in February, finishing 12th in the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), in which Seasons Bloom was third and Beauty Generation an off-key 11th. But John Size°«s charge won two Class 2 handicaps immediately afterwards and took his season°«s tally to four from nine.

The chestnut has warmed up through three runs this campaign, running eighth in the Celebration Cup, improving to a closer fifth in the Sha Tin Trophy and then nailing a win in the Class 1 Panasonic Cup Handicap (1400m) last Saturday (11 November). Moreira was in the plate for the last two of those runs but Sam Clipperton takes over for this weekend°«s test.

°»I°«m not riding him just because I was already booked for Seasons Bloom,°… Moreira said, °»but Western Express and the horse I°«ll ride, the form shows that there°«s not much between them. Even their first race in Hong Kong, they raced against each other. Western Express had a lot of luck and the other had not so much. They°«ve both kept on rising up, and, in my opinion, they°«re both chances on Sunday.

°»Western Express needs to lift a bit more, but I believe he can – I would never doubt what John Size is capable of,°… he said.

Clipperton liked what he saw in Western Express°«s narrow win last start.

°»I was taken by his performance the other day, he was tough all the way to the line,°… he said. °»That°«s him though, he never wins his races by any great margin but he°«s all heart, he finds a lot.

°»There°«s no doubt that he°«s got the talent, he°«s shown that in many of his starts. He°«s on an upward spiral and I°«m hopefully getting on at the right time. It°«s of course very tough for him, he°«s racing against top-liners, but he deserves his chance.°…

The 12-runner G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile features G1 winners Beauty Only and Helene Paragon, as well as G1-placed Joyful Trinity and another smart young gun in Winner°«s Way.

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Size steams towards LONGINES Hong Kong Mile with Western Express13 Nov 2017

Western Express has the HK$23m LONGINES Hong Kong Mile as his destination after narrowly scoring his first win for the season in the Class 1 Panasonic Cup Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Saturday (11 November).

John Size°«s chestnut was sent out 2.7 favourite with Joao Moreira in the saddle upon his return to restricted company, having finished eighth in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) and fifth in the G2 Sha Tin Trophy Handicap (1600m) – both behind Beauty Generation – to start his term.

Settled just beyond midfield on the rail by Moreira, Western Express (131lb) sprinted strongly once shifted into the clear at the 250m, although it was only right on the line that he overhauled Tony Cruz-trained pacesetter Wah May Friend (113lb), who was heavily backed into 10/1 late. The margin at the post was a nose.

°»I didn°«t think we won, I honestly didn°«t,°… Moreira said. °»I thought he was beaten with 50m to go and when we were about to cross the finish line, he started looking at the arch around the post, and it was like he took a step backwards.

°»He won because of his size and he°«s a big horse, lovely horse, he tries hard and has plenty to come. We have not seen the best of him yet, I°«m convinced of that.°…

Size indicated that Western Express, who was unbeaten from two starts in Australia as Cardless Cash, was on track to run in next Sunday°«s (19 November) G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile before heading to the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile on 10 December.

°»He°«s a good doer, so I have no concerns about backing him up next weekend,°… he said. °»It wasn°«t a particularly hard run today and he°«s hitting peak fitness, so that should only bring him on. We°«ll give him his test next weekend under the set weights and if he qualifies, then we°«d hope to give him his chance in the Hong Kong Mile.°…

Western Express has only one placing to his name at 1600m and beyond from five attempts, but Size believes that the trip holds no fears for the Encosta De Lago gelding.

°»On paper, it definitely looks like 1400m is his best trip, he°«s four from six now at the distance,°… Size said. °»I think he can run the mile, he might finish up with a better record at 1400m but you can°«t deny him running at 1600m. He deserves his chance again next weekend.°…

Another horse that still has designs on a Hong Kong Mile run is John Moore-trained Booming Delight (133lb), with the handler suggesting that his three and a quarter length seventh should be ignored.

°»Sam (Clipperton) came back and said that he was caught wide early and he had to make two runs on him mid-race, so with the big weight and down at 1400m, I think we just have to forget the effort,°… Moore said. °»I°«ve scratched him from the Jockey Club Mile, we°«ll still have Beauty Generation, Helene Paragon and Joyful Trinity there. We°«ll take Booming Delight straight to the Hong Kong Mile, hopefully.°…

Exasperating day for Moreira despite double

Western Express was one of two winners for Moreira, having earlier scored aboard Ricky Yiu-trained Indigenous Star in the Class 4 Panasonic New Stars For Kitchen Handicap (1600m). However, it was a largely frustrating day for the Brazilian as odds-on favourites Gouten Of Garo (eighth), Eighty Eighty (second) and Bravo Watchman (second) were all beaten.

Trainer Richard Gibson refused to entertain Hong Kong Classic Mile questions with emerging four-year-old Rattan, but was full of praise for the Savabeel gelding as he made it four wins from nine starts with a last-to-first victory under topweight in the Class 3 Panasonic Front Loading Washing Handicap (1600m).

°»It takes a good horse to win three races in a row in Hong Kong, not many are able to do it and he had to carry plenty of weight there but he still got the job done,°… he said of the Chad Schofield-ridden galloper. °»He°«ll be up in Class 2 now, but I wouldn°«t be game to say he couldn°«t do it. He°«s a horse that has put his hand up every time a question has been asked, so let°«s give him his chance – wherever that leads.°…

Many debutants could not win at Saturday°«s meeting, but one that did was Michael Freedman-trained Sparkling Dragon. The O°«Reilly three-year-old was taken straight to the front by Clipperton from gate 14 and was not for catching, racing clear for a length and three-quarter success.

°»The barrier wasn°«t ideal, but he°«d showed nice gate speed in both of his trials so we just thought, we may as well take a chance and go forward and see where he ends up,°… Freedman said. °»He got across quite easily and showed that he°«s quite a progressive young horse. Sam made the comment though that he°«d be even better when ridden in behind, because he was stargazing a bit in the straight today.°…

Also scoring a double among the riding ranks was Derek Leung, who took the Class 5 Panasonic It Stick Type Vacuum Cleaner Handicap (1400m) on Gainfuljet for Benno Yung and the Class 3 Panasonic IH Warm Jar Handicap (1200m) aboard Tony Millard°«s Golden Sun. Millard himself had a brace, with World Record justifying favouritism to win the last, the Class 3 Panasonic Mini Ice Handicap (1400m).

Racing returns to Happy Valley on Wednesday night (15 November) before Sha Tin hosts the primary HKIR lead-ups – the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint (1200m), the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile (1600m) and the G2 BOCHK Jockey Club Cup (2000m) – next Sunday.

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World class talents nominated for the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races26 Oct 2017

Elite Group 1 stars are prominent among the 293 first stage nominations for the HK$84.5 million LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, which will take place at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 10 December. World horseracing°«s year-end showcase has attracted 59 G1 winners among the 210 individual horses engaged, including top gallopers from Europe, Japan, USA, South Africa and Australasia.

The four-race Turf World Championships consists of the HK$25 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$18.5 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) and the HK$18 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m).

Among the heavyweights from overseas under consideration for a tilt at one of the features are Britain°«s mile star Ribchester; Ireland°«s 2015 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase hero Highland Reel and his stablemate, the top-class filly Roly Poly; Japan°«s QEII Cup winner Neorealism, as well as Real Steel, Satono Aladdin and recent classic scorer Kiseki; France°«s Prix de l°«Arc de Triomphe runner-up Cloth Of Stars; and two of the USA°«s brightest talents, Roy H and Oscar Performance.

Cloth Of Stars (=6), Ribchester (8) and Highland Reel (=9) rank in the top 10 in the latest edition of the LONGINES World°«s Best Racehorse Rankings.

The home Hong Kong contingent numbers 59 against 151 overseas nominations, and includes former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther, as well as last year°«s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile winner Beauty Only and the crack sprinters Lucky Bubbles and Mr Stunning.

The entries feature horses from 13 jurisdictions spanning five continents, and Japan
has the largest bloc of overseas entries with 51 (13 more than in 2016). Seventeen horses from Australia are entered, which is a marked drop on the 30 engaged last year. The reduced Australian entry this time is due to the Australian government°«s ongoing assessment of the Hong Kong Jockey Club°«s protocols regarding horses travelling to and from its Conghua complex in the Chinese Mainland – at present, horses are required to complete 180 days in quarantine before returning to Australia. The entry features G1 winners Vega Magic and Redkirk Warrior.

Mr. Anthony Kelly, Executive Director of Racing Business and Operations at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: °»It is very pleasing to see such strong international and domestic representation among the entries for this year°«s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, which is well-established as one of horseracing°«s premier international occasions. The world°«s elite horsemen clearly relish the challenge of Sha Tin in December.

°»We are delighted to have received a very healthy number of entries with 26 more horses entered than last year, and nominations from Japan, Britain and Ireland noticeably up. Given the uncertainty created by the ongoing situation about horses travelling to and from Australia to Hong Kong, it isn°«t surprising to see their number of entries reduced for this renewal. It is a mark of the event°«s draw that 17 Australian horses have nonetheless been entered.

°»The calibre of horses that have been nominated gives a clear indication of the quality we can expect to enjoy at this year°«s Turf World Championships. The countdown has started to the second Sunday in December and there is palpable excitement at the prospect of seeing stars like Ribchester, Highland Reel, Neorealism, Cloth Of Stars,
Librisa Breeze and Real Steel take on Hong Kong°«s world class gallopers on Sha Tin°«s famous turf.°…

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup

The day°«s richest race, the HK$25 million LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), has attracted 80 entries, 10 more than in 2016. The showpiece could see a clash between G1 QEII Cup winner Neorealism, his Japanese compatriot and G1 Dubai Turf winner Real Steel, three-time G1 scorer Werther, and the American raiders Ascend and Oscar Performance – last year°«s G1 Breeders°« Cup Juvenile Turf (1600m) hero and a two-time G1 scorer at 2000m this term. Highland Reel, winner of the G1 Coronation Cup (2400m) and G1 Prince of Wales°«s Stakes (2000m) this year, holds entries in the Cup and the Vase.

The Cup, first staged in 1988, and the oldest of Hong Kong°«s international races, may also feature Britain°«s Decorated Knight who has landed three G1s this season, including the Irish Champion Stakes (2000m). Japan°«s three-year-old crop could be represented by classic winner Al Ain, successful in the G1 Satsuki Sho (2000m) in April. New Zealand star Gingernuts, who numbers Australia°«s Rosehill Guineas among his three G1 scores is engaged in the Cup and the LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m), as is the top class British mare Blond Me. The last two winners of South Africa°«s G1 Sun Met are also entered, the mare Smart Call and this year°«s victor, Whisky Baron, who holds entries in the Cup and the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile.

LONGINES Hong Kong Mile

Local hero Beauty Only is entered to defend his G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile crown. The contest, which has 81 first stage entries – six more than last year – carries a lucrative purse of HK$23 million, making it the richest turf mile on the planet.

World class entries also include Godolphin°«s Ribchester, a four-time G1 winner in Europe and only once out of the first three in 15 career starts; Ireland°«s Aidan O°«Brien-trained Roly Poly, a triple G1-winner this term; Aclaim, winner of the G1 Prix de la Foret (1400m) last start; Satono Aladdin, seventh in the race last year and subsequently successful in the G1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) at Tokyo in June; G1 Victoria Mile winner Admire Lead, also from Japan; and Suedois, best known as a high-class sprinter in Europe until earning a breakthrough G1 win in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland last start. Hong Kong-trained horses have won 10 of the last 11 editions and last year°«s runner-up Helene Paragon is entered again, as are the third and fourth home, Joyful Trinity and two-time G1 winner Contentment.

LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint

The world°«s richest Group 1 sprint race, the HK$18.5 million LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), has attracted 56 entries, a rise of 11 on last season, and promises to be a thriller as usual. Last year°«s runner-up Lucky Bubbles and exciting two-time G2 winner Mr Stunning lead the home entries this time.

The US could be represented by the rising talent Roy H, winner of the G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (1200m) on dirt last start. Mongolian Saturday, fifth to Peniaphobia in 2015, is another North American entrant. Japan°«s strong entry includes G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) winner Seiun Kosei, as well as Let°«s Go Donki, runner-up in that race and in the recent G1 Sprinters Stakes (1200m). From Europe, Librisa Breeze took the G1 British Champions Sprint (1200m) at Ascot last weekend, The Tin Man won the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot in June, while The Right Man landed the G1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) at Meydan; G1 winner Signs Of Blessing was a valiant fifth last year. Australian ace Redkirk Warrior, trained previously in Hong Kong, is also entered, along with G1-winning compatriots Vega Magic and Takedown.

LONGINES Hong Kong Vase

French-trained runners have won the HK$18 million LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) 10 times. Master trainer Andre Fabre succeeded with Borgia in 1999 and Flintshire in 2014, and this year he has Arc runner-up and G1 winner Cloth Of Stars among the 76 entries – 12 more than 2016. The four-year-old found only the super filly Enable too good for him at Chantilly last time.

Highland Reel won this in 2015 and was a fine second last year when Japan took the spoils with Satono Crown. This time the last two winners of Japan°«s St Leger could lead the charge – Kiseki (2017) and Satono Diamond (2016): the latter landed the G1 Arima Kinen (2500m) last December but was below par on soft ground in the Arc most recently. Godolphin°«s G1 Eclipse Stakes (2000m) winner Hawkbill is also entered, as is Highland Reel°«s stablemate, the G1-winning filly Seventh Heaven.

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Hong Kong Race Info

Wed,22 Nov 2017 Happy Valley
R Post Time Race Name Class Distance Track No.of
Horses
HKT JST
1 19:15 20:15 DUMBARTON HANDICAP C5 1200m TURF 12
2 19:45 20:45 FIFE HANDICAP C5 2200m TURF 12
3 20:20 21:20 HAMILTON HANDICAP C4 1200m TURF 12
4 20:50 21:50 HAMILTON HANDICAP C4 1200m TURF 12
5 21:20 22:20 THE ST ANDREW'S CHALLENGE QUAICH (HANDICAP) C4 1650m TURF 12
6 21:50 22:50 IRVING HANDICAP C3 1200m TURF 12
7 22:20 23:20 IRVING HANDICAP C3 1200m TURF 12
8 22:55 23:55 STIRLING HANDICAP C3 1650m TURF 12

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