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Loves Only You set the perfect seal on one of international racing’s most colourful careers with a spellbinding success in the HK$30 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) on Sunday (12 December).

Yoshito Yahagi’s globetrotting mare has flown the Hinomaru flag from Dubai to Hong Kong and on to the USA then back to Sha Tin again in 2021, leading home a Japanese 1-2-3-4 in the G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) in April then creating history by becoming the first horse from her nation to score at the Breeders’ Cup.

Hong Kong’s richest race had been nominated as the final race of the Deep Impact mare’s career soon after she crossed the line in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2200m) at Del Mar on 6 November.

Her fifth long flight of the year took her annual distance covered to over 20,000 miles but Loves Only You was produced in perfect condition and completed the final leg of her global odyssey with a last-gasp success under the coolest of rides from Yuga Kawada.

The 36-year-old rider, who was extremely fortunate not to be brought down when previous winner Danon Smash was badly hampered in a dramatic G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) earlier in the day, was understandably thrilled to record his first HKIR success. “Thank you very much, I’m very proud,” he said.

“She jumped well. The pace was a bit slow but then she relaxed and I was able to find a good position. She’s given me two big presents and is the best female horse I’ve ever ridden. I hope she will be a good mother.”

Sent off the 2.6 market leader, Loves Only You jumped alertly from stall four and was soon travelling keenly just behind a steady early pace set by Mac Swiney, Ka Ying Star and the wide-running Bolshoi Ballet.

Russian Emperor made a bold move to hit the front as a packing field jostled for position early in the home straight but last season’s BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) runner-up edged right with his tongue lolling out as he did so, placing Loves Only You in a pocket on the inner at a crucial point.

Hishi Iguazu produced a storming run from the rear on the outside soon after under Joao Moreira to draw level briefly well inside the final furlong.

However, Kawada had Loves Only You in fully cry by this stage and the five-year-old repeated her Del Mar heroics, quickening valiantly between horses under pressure to lead close home and beat her fellow Japanese raider by a short head.

Russian Emperor ran the race of his life for Douglas Whyte and Blake Shinn to finish a length away in third, while British raider Dubai Honour never looked like becoming the first European runner to win the Cup since Snow Fairy in 2010 but stayed on powerfully for fourth once in the clear for William Haggas and Tom Marquand.

Three years on from seeing his star filly Lys Gracieux beaten narrowly by Exultant in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m), winning trainer Yoshito Yahagi was completing an incredible end to 2021 which has also produced a 50-1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff success for Marche Lorraine and a commanding Japan Cup success for his superstar colt Contrail.

The colourful 60-year-old was unable to accompany Loves Only You on the final leg of her journey but his stable representative Yusaku Oka was on hand to savour a perfect finale.

“I’m so glad to win this race for our trainer, who is watching on in Japan,” he said.

“She won the Breeders’ Cup very well and in the spring she came over here and had a good result, so we were always confident she would run well.

“She’s got a good pedigree – so we are looking forward to the next stage of her career – and as we have quite a lot of good horses in the stable we hope we will be back in Hong Kong with them in the future.”

Dusk was gathering over Sha Tin as an elated Kawada left the racecourse on a day that illustrated every aspect of the joy and pain that defines racing at the highest level.

The sun is also setting on Loves Only You’s racing career but, if the 2021 edition of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races confirmed one thing, it is that the Land of the Rising Sun is now a true powerhouse on the global racing stage.

Following in the footsteps of A Shin Hikari, Maurice, Win Bright and Normcore, this success for Loves Only You means Japan has now won five of the last seven Hong Kong Cups and four of the eight HKIR races run in the last two years.

HKJC racecaller Mark McNamara summed up the latest thrilling finish to Hong Kong’s most cherished prize by saying: “It’s Japan 1-2, Loves Only You says sayonara with the Cup!”

Leave them wanting more is never a bad motto. But, who knows, maybe Japan’s latest Cup queen will have a son or daughter to represent her on the LONGINES HKIR stage in years to come.

Japan’s Glory Vase and Joao Moreira again claim the LONGINES Hong Kong Vase13 Dec 2021

Champion jockey Joao Moreira combined with the Tomohito Ozeki-trained Japanese stayer Glory Vase for a stunning win in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin today (12 December).

It was a repeat of their 2019 success but achieved in different style as Moreira registered his seventh Hong Kong International Races win and his third in the Vase having also been successful on the Japanese-trained Satono Crown in 2016.

Glory Vase unleashed a withering burst from second last turning for home, in contrast to the handier stalking passage he enjoyed in 2019, to deny fairytale results for the trainers of the placegetters; Briton William Muir with his Hong Kong debut runner in second-placed Pyledriver and Frenchman Alain de Royer-Dupre – twice a HKIR winner – who prepared third place Ebaiyra, who’ll be his final Hong Kong runner as the trainer retires at the end of the year.

Local challenger Reliable Team led, as expected, but was exposed early to significant pressure from Stay Foolish, the one other Japanese-trained runner, with Martin Dwyer – who won the Vase in 2004 – ensuring that Pyledriver enjoyed the slipstream run behind the pacemakers and the Muir-trained stayer looked the likely winner on straightening but could not hold out the indefatigable Glory Vase.

Dwyer was delighted with the performance of his mount but conceded, which was apparent for all to see, that the winner was simply too good.

“Really pleased, good run but I think the winner is very good,” Dwyer said.

Moreira, meanwhile, was understandably upbeat about the winner whom he described as his “best chance” in the International Races in the preamble to the meeting.

“No doubts about it, I did enjoy it so much, “Moreira said, “this win and everything in my life is to the honour of Jesus Christ, who has been in my life always and today has been a very good example.

“I felt Him with me and everything went as I expected. I had a smooth run, going to the fence and saving ground. I just made sure I got into the clear and I know he’s a very strong horse at the finish and there was not a fight.

“He has proven to be the best horse today.”

Christophe Soumillon, who rode minor placegetter Ebaiyra, said the French filly performed creditably. “She ran well, she was a bit keen in the first part of the race. When we came to the last turn, I thought she would probably fight for the win but the last 200 (metres), she got tired.”

Last year’s winner Mogul conceded meekly in the home straight after being poised to challenge coming to the home turn and jockey Ryan Moore said he was “disappointing”.

Glory Vase won by one length from Pyledriver with Ebaiyra a further two and a half lengths back in third. Glory Vase was competing in Hong Kong for the second time this year having finished second to Loves Only You in the G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) in April.

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Kawada, Hagiwara respect Golden Sixty, but upbeat about Danon Kingly09 Dec 2021

Accustomed to major race success, Yuga Kawada and Kiyoshi Hagiwara will lay siege to Golden Sixty’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m) crown with Danon Kingly at Sha Tin on Sunday (12 December), carrying immense respect for the defending champion.

Hagiwara, who successfully campaigned Normcore in the 2020 G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), has great confidence in G1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) winner Danon Kingly, but he also holds tremendous admiration for Golden Sixty.

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching Golden Sixty’s races and he’s exceptionally strong,” Hagiwara said from Tokyo. “Regarding Danon Kingly, the horse is in good condition and you would like him to show his best on the day and, with that, hope he’ll be at the finish.”

Pointing to Danon Kingly’s superior record on good or firm ground – six wins and four placings from 13 starts – Hagiwara is encouraged by Hong Kong’s dry weather and the likelihood of a good track on Sunday.

“In regards to Danon Kingly and Hong Kong, I thought the horse would be suited to good ground and having the experience and seen the ground in Hong Kong (previously), I thought the horse was a good match for here,” Hagiwara said.

Hagiwara retains Kawada as the striking five-year-old’s rider despite engaging Zac Purton last season aboard Normcore.

“In regards to the jockey, Kawada has had great success riding Danon Kingly and obviously has a great relationship with the horse so, in order to get the horse’s best, we wanted to stick with Kawada who, up until now has had great results with the horse,” he said.

Kawada hopes to add more lustre to an already imposing 2021 haul capped by LONGINES Hong Kong Cup contender Loves Only You’s Breeders’ Cup triumph.

“I’ve had a well-enough year overall,” he said modestly. “I’ve had some obviously big-race results but, overall, I’m looking to improve and I would like to get a more winners in Japan but, on the big stage, I’m very happy with the year.”

Kawada believes Danon Kingly has the attributes to contend at the weekend.

“He’s had excellent form in Japan this year with the win and a second. I’ve been impressed not just with the results but the way the horse has handled himself,” Kawada said.

“I haven’t sat on the horse in Hong Kong yet. I will ride him on Friday just to get a feeling for the horse and where he’s at but so far everything is going to plan and I look forward to seeing the horse show his exceptional ability this weekend.

“I’ll focus on my own position in the race, but I’ll wait and see how the race unfolds and based on that, I would just like Danon Kingly to get into his own rhythm. If the horse can get in his own rhythm, that’s when he shows his best. He’s quite versatile if he can get a nice rhythm, so a specific position within the race isn’t a big concern or focus at the moment.”

Apart from Danon Kingly and Loves Only You, Kawada will take the reins on defending LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) champion Danon Smash.

“He obviously had a fantastic result winning this race here last year. He’s had some very good runs in Japan this year. Last start, he wasn’t quite able to show his best but I’m very confident going into this Sunday and very much looking forward to riding the horse and hoping he can show his best,” Kawada said.

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Record-setting Noriyuki Hori makes long-awaited LONGINES HKIR return with Salios and Hishi Iguazu09 Dec 2021

Noriyuki Hori is no stranger to success at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) and this Sunday (12 December) at Sha Tin the master handler from Japan will be two-pronged at the end-of-year HK$100 million showcase.

From nine runners since 2008 – including his trailblazing Jaguar Mail – Hori has enjoyed absurd success at the LONGINES HKIR with three wins in all at a strike-rate of 33%.

In 2016, Hori made history by becoming the only international trainer to win two LONGINES HKIR races at the same meeting when Satono Crown claimed the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) before Maurice demolished an all-star cast in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m).

Both Maurice and Neorealism elevated Hori’s G1 haul to five at Sha Tin with their Champions Mile and QEII Cup heroics, but this year, he returns to Hong Kong in December for the first time since 2017, preparing to saddle Salios and Hishi Iguazu.

Salios – a son of Heart’s Cry – is in Hong Kong for his first foray abroad and brings exceptional form from the Land of the Rising Sun over, including two runner-up efforts to Contrail.

“Salios last ran three weeks ago, so considering his condition, I have not given him too much work, we’re just conditioning him,” Hori said ahead of Salios’ G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m) tilt.

The eye-catching chestnut finished sixth last start in the G1 Mile Championship (1600m) at Hanshin behind Gran Alegria.

“After he arrived in Hong Kong, the focus is to get him to adapt to the new circumstances and to keep him in good condition,” Hori added.

Since debuting in June of 2019, Salios has had 10 starts overall and boasts a G1 win in the 2019 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (1600m). Hori revealed a plan to send Salios to last year’s LONGINES HKIR, however aborted that in favour of this year.

“Regarding Salios, I planned to send him to the Hong Kong International Races last year as well, but he ran two races already through his autumn campaign, so the trip to Hong Kong was off.

“This year, he was sent to the Mile Championship without any step after the summer break, so this race (Hong Kong Mile) is my target as long as he is fit,” Hori said.

Hori relishes the opportunity to have a crack at ending Golden Sixty’s 16-win unbeaten sequence.

“I understand that Golden Sixty is a really good horse and he must be one of the greatest horses in Hong Kong racing history – it will be very hard to beat him at his home ground, although, I am excited to run against him with respect,” Hori said.

Salios will partner with Damian Lane in Sunday’s HK$26 million test for the fourth time after the pair’s triumph on debut and two of runner-ups together behind Contrail.

Later on, in Hong Kong’s most valuable contest, the HK$30 million LONGINES Hong Kong Cup, Hori saddles Hishi Iguazu – also for his first run overseas.

“Hishi Iguazu spent a lot of time to break and get fresh from an early spring through summer, but it was not easy for him to get his form back.

“When he ran the Tenno Sho (Autumn), his condition was not 100 percent fit, he was still progressing, so I think he ran very well even in that form,” Hori said. “It reconfirmed to me how talented he was.”

Hishi Iguazu has raced 12 times in Japan for six wins, scoring once at G3 and G2 level, respectively, before rising to the top-level last start for fifth in the G1 Tenno Sho Autumn (2000m) behind Efforia at Tokyo.

Hori explained that the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup has been a long-term goal.

“Hishi Iguazu took longer to recover his form since he notched four wins in a row. When I decided to debut him back in the Tenno Sho Autumn, I knew that the Hong Kong Cup would be next,” Hori said.

Successful aboard Maurice (once) and Satono Crown for Hori in the past, jockey Joao Moreira will get the leg-up on Hishi Iguazu this weekend.

Where it all started, Jaguar Mail and the 2016 LONGINES HKIR double

Taking out his trainers’ licence in 2002, Hori is a veteran among the Japan Racing Association’s (JRA) training ranks and he is synonymous with not only success in Hong Kong but also stars of the turf like Duramente, Maurice, Neorealism and Satono Crown.

He was champion trainer of the JRA in 2015 and this season he’s saddled 34 wins and a G1 success with Cafe Pharoah in February Stakes (1600m, dirt) earlier this year.

But it was in 2008 when his love affair with Hong Kong began. Hori took the leap of faith with Jaguar Mail and shuttled across from his homeland, saddling the bay to finish a commendable third in the 2008 Hong Kong Vase behind Doctor Dino and Purple Moon.

“Actually, I was inexperienced as a trainer at that time, and looking back at that time, I was really immature,” Hori said.

Jaguar Mail would return to Hong Kong a further three times, finishing fourth in 2009, fourth in 2010 and second in 2012 when he pushed Red Cadeaux to within a short-head.

“However, I had so many chances to know many professionals from all over the world and it thoroughly opened my knowledge and thoughts. I really appreciate all of their support and advice – they are still my precious treasures.

Looking back on his success in Hong Kong, Hori recounted the process of getting Maurice to the 2016 Hong Kong Cup, seven months on from his G1 Champions Mile success at Sha Tin.

“There are countless memories with him, but I have never forgotten the process in which he recovered his form after winning the Champions Mile. Thanks to the support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the flight back home was arranged for him on the next day of the race (considering the three-week arrival quarantine).

“From there he arrived at the Shiroi quarantine stable (designated by the Japanese Government), but based on the rules for the import quarantine procedures for horses who ran the Yasuda Kinen, he had to move to Tokyo Racecourse once finishing his quarantine period at Shiroi,” Hori outlined.

“Changing different surroundings two times during the short period damaged him, he lost weight and had colic, so he was not in good form – it was quite a shame he was beaten in the Yasuda Kinen – it should not have been.”

Maurice finished second to longshot Logotype in the 2016 G1 Yasuda Kinen in July, battling bravely to miss by just over a length.

“Being stuck in quarantine affected his condition seriously and lasted longer (until the Sapporo Kinen in August) than I thought,” Hori said.

Maurice has raced three times at Sha Tin for a trio of successes, claiming the 2015 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile, 2016 G1 Champions Mile and 2016 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup.

“I was very impressed by his incredible recovery. He regained his form and won the Tenno Sho Autumn, then his next target was the Hong Kong Cup.

“He had a few travel pains but bounced back and became even stronger after his final gallop before the Hong Kong Cup, which surprised me a lot. I felt gratitude to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for providing all of the foreign horses equal conditions.

Early on throughout his storied career, Hori was taken with Maurice immediately after he was transferred to his care at the age of four.

“He raced in graded races when he was two and three, but after he came to my stable, I decided to send him to a lesser class and resume his career again.

“When I saw his first gallop, I remembered I was so impressed with him moving beautifully. Since then I was dreaming of his future progress, and the dreams came true,” Hori said.

Across his career, Maurice was crowned Japan’s Horse of the Year (2015) and he was a six-time G1 winner. The son of Screen Hero now stands at Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

Looking ahead to Sunday, Hori is again chanced with emulating his 2016 heroics by claiming two of the G1 features – a possible sixth or even a seventh top-level score at Sha Tin.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the Hong Kong Jockey Club for organising the International Races as usual under this pandemic.

“Due to the updated new border enforcement becoming stricter, I am not able to join the races. However I really trust not only my stable staff who travel with horses but also all the people who support us in Hong Kong.

“I understand it will be very difficult to achieve the feats because I remembered that Satono Crown and Neorealism were also unable to win at their first overseas challenges,” Hori said. “So, both of them running safely is more important than anything, and I wish this experience helps their future performances.”

Hori’s G1 winners in Hong Kong are Maurice (2015 Hong Kong Mile, 2016 Champions Mile, 2016 Hong Kong Cup), Satono Crown (2016 Hong Kong Vase) and Neorealism (2017 QEII Cup).

“Lastly, I am also thankful to all of the racing fans in Hong Kong by supporting us even in this difficult situation with the pandemic. I really hope everything gets back to normal sooner, so that I am able to return to Hong Kong. Please keep healthy and I hope everyone enjoys the Hong Kong International Races,” Hori said.

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Vincent Ho engineers Japanese clean sweep of FWD QEII Cup in remarkable Sha Tin coup26 Apr 2021

Yoshito Yahagi savoured redemption and Vincent Ho jubilated in the best day of his burgeoning career after the veteran Japanese trainer and the young Hong Kong jockey combined with devastating effect as Loves Only You triumphed in the HK$25 million G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (25 April).

Confirming Japan’s towering status as an international staying powerhouse, Loves Only You crowned a stunning domination of the race by the visitors with Glory Vase, Daring Tact and Kiseki filling the minor placings.

Exultant (fifth), the 2020 winner, led home Hong Kong’s brigade ahead of Glorious Dragon (sixth) and Time Warp (seventh).

Globe-trotting Yahagi has exulted in victories in Dubai and Australia but, until today, the flamboyant handler had never triumphed in Hong Kong.

All of that changed with a precision ride from Ho as the 30-year-old became the first home-grown jockey in history to ride two Group 1 winners in a day at Sha Tin.

“I can’t describe it,” Ho said, reacting to a pair of G1 successes in the space of 40 minutes.

“The horse (Loves Only You) is in form, for sure. She was very kind until the 800 (metre mark) then sort of hit a flat spot and I gave her two shakes just to teach her a little bit and then I asked her again and she responded very well through the line.

“I don’t dare to look back until the finish line but she was amazing. I’m grateful that the Japanese connections asked me to ride her.

“The QEII Cup is one of my dream goals as well as the Derby and the December internationals, a QEII win means a lot.

“It’s amazing today with Golden Sixty and Loves Only You. It’s definitely one of the highlights, I’ll enjoy it for sure.”

Ho said he had not been burdened with instructions from Yahagi, who watched the race from Japan.

“Mr Yahagi gave me free rein to just let me do whatever because he knew the horse was well and once she’s travelling well with her own pace, she will perform,” Ho said.

“That’s my first win on a Japanese-trained horse in Hong Kong but let’s hope one day in the summer I can go to Japan to ride, that would be great experience for me. I’ve still got a lot to learn and riding in different countries definitely helps.”

Yahagi’s assistant trainer Yusaku Oka hinted at how much it meant to the stable to avenge Cox Plate winner Lys Gracieux defeat in Hong Kong in 2019.

“We came here two years ago with Lys Gracieux and unfortunately we didn’t win, so we did revenge for this race, this time so that makes me very happy.

“Thank you very much support for Dubai Racing Club and Hong Kong Jockey Club. This is a very difficult situation and we had great support. Humans have a hard situation with coronavirus, but also horses, too.

“When she travelled from Dubai to Hong Kong and I saw the horse in Hong Kong and I saw her body looked really good. I wasn’t much worried about her preparation. She was in great order.

“Vincent Ho rode her really, really well.”

Joining Eishin Preston (2002 & 2003), Rulership (2012), Neorealism (2017) and Win Bright (2019), Loves Only You – a daughter of Deep Impact – enhanced Japan’s success in the spring feature.

Oka revealed the mare might return to Hong Kong in December.

“We’ll see how she gets back to Japan and we’ll talk with the trainers and owners. We will then make the decision on the future,” he said. “There is a big option (to come back) because she won here in Hong Kong this year.”

Daring Tact’s jockey Kohei Matsuyama said: “She gave us a good run as usual. I know she was very heavily supported so the first thing I have to say is that I’m sorry.

“For the excuse, I cannot find an appropriate one for her today. The first two that came ahead of her ran a great race.”

Karis Teetan spoke of runner-up Glory Vase: “He ran great, I was following Vincent (Ho) and he pinched the race on the home turn,” while Chad Schofield said Kiseki tried hard.

Zac Purton said Exultant had again given his best: “He was honest, he ran his usual race – he gave everything.”

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Legendary Japanese trainer puts Danon Smash on a par with champion Lord Kanaloa23 Apr 2021

Takayuki Yasuda has sounded an ominous warning ahead of Sunday’s (25 April) HK$18 million G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) by declaring Danon Smash the equal of superstar Lord Kanaloa, the best horse the revered Japanese trainer has handled in a long, distinguished career.

Delighted by Danon Smash’s draw of barrier five for Sunday’s dash, Yasuda said the speedster’s triumph in last December’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) from gate 14 formed the catalyst for parallels to Lord Kanaloa – a six-time G1 winner and also the sire of Danon Smash.

“Last December I honestly thought Danon Smash was not equal to the level of Lord Kanaloa at that stage, but after winning that race, he improved a lot,” Yasuda said. “I think Danon Smash has reached the same point as Lord Kanaloa now.

“Two years earlier (2019), Danon Smash came to Hong Kong but was defeated (when eighth behind Beat The Clock in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint) and he was disappointing. Last December, he won and it was a pleasant moment for me so I would like another strong performance on Champions Day.

“He is now already six-years-old, he has matured and improved significantly in the latter part of his career, I am really excited for the race this weekend.”

With more than 860 wins, including 18 G1 spoils, Yasuda is an immensely respected figure not given to hyperbole – a conservative disposition which gives added clout to the comparison of his current and former charges.

With a last start victory in the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) at Chukyo Racecourse on 28 March, Danon Smash is still to amass a portfolio to match that of Lord Kanaloa as Yasuda indicated the bay could be set for more Hong Kong sorties.

“Just after he won the Hong Kong Sprint last December, we decided to come to Hong Kong in April,” Yasuda said. “After the Chairman’s Sprint Prize, Danon Smash will take a rest. The next target would be the Sprinters Stakes then after that, I want to come to Hong Kong again for the international races.”

Danon Smash is the sole international raider – and set to be the ruling favourite – for Sunday’s 1200m dash, where the performances of Wellington (barrier three), Sky Field (one), Stronger (eight), surprise G2 Sprint Cup (1200m) winner Amazing Star (four) and Jolly Banner (11) will provide a gauge into the strength of local sprint ranks.

Joao Moreira, who will ride Danon Smash, was pleasantly surprised by Yasuda’s generous comparison with Lord Kanaloa.

“Lord Kanaloa is the best sprinter I have seen turn up here in Hong Kong, so I am very surprised Mr Yasuda has put Danon Smash on his level but I am very pleased to be riding him,” the Brazilian said.

“In my opinion, gate five is extremely good, he will have the chance to place himself wherever he wants to.

“It is a tricky race, there are some fast horses inside and on the outside.

“I am very, very happy with the gate. Any gate this time was going to be better than 14 last time, so I believe he will find it much easier to place himself in the race this time.

“That was a very impressive win, in my opinion. It was a stronger race than what we have on the weekend. I am not expecting him to perform any different, he looks in as good a form, maybe even better.

“Having the chance to ride such a good horse, I am very, very pleased with that.

“It is an open field, there isn’t one that stands out. If there is one, Danon Smash is the one, the locals will find it very hard to beat him, based on his form and his ability. He will find it a bit easier to get himself placed in the race.

“Jolly Banner has to be respected but the main one is Wellington who has proven himself to be a good horse.”

Golden Sixty will jump from gate five against five rivals in the HK$20 million G1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m), including defending champion Southern Legend (four), Ka Ying Star (six), Mighty Giant (one), More Than This (three) and Healthy Happy (two).

Karis Teetan expects Caspar Fownes’ Southern Legend to provide stiff opposition for Golden Sixty as Hong Kong’s top-rated galloper chases a 17th victory from 18 starts, a 14th win in succession and a fourth G1 in a row.

“It’s only a small field and with luck in running, I believe Southern Legend can run very well again,” the Mauritian said. “He always gives his best.”

Tony Cruz concedes hopes of Exultant posting successive wins in the HK$25 million G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) are clearly compromised by the presence of a quartet of high-class Japanese raiders – Daring Tact (one), Kiseki (three), Loves Only You (five) and Glory Vase (seven).

“The Japanese look very strong,” Cruz said as he assessed the chances of Exultant (two) and Time Warp (four). “Exultant is in tip-top form and Time Warp will run very well, but the Japanese are very impressive.”

Francis Lui’s Glorious Dragon, who will be ridden by Matthew Poon, will depart from gate six.

FWD Champions Day features three Group 1 races at Sha Tin, the HK$25 million FWD QEII Cup (2000m), the HK$20 million FWD Champions Mile (1600m) and the HK$18 million Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m).

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Sun,3 Dec 2023 Shatin
R Post Time Race Name Class Distance Track No.of
1 13:00 14:00 ASHLEY HANDICAP C5 1650m AWT 14
2 13:30 14:30 CAMERON HANDICAP C5 1200m AWT 12
3 14:00 15:00 CARNARVON HANDICAP C4 1800m AWT 14
4 14:30 15:30 HANKOW HANDICAP C4 1200m TURF 12
5 15:00 16:00 MIDDLE HANDICAP C4 1200m AWT 12
7 16:05 17:05 HUMPHREYS HANDICAP C3 1650m AWT 11
8 16:35 17:35 MODY HANDICAP C3 1000m TURF 13
9 17:10 18:10 NATHAN HANDICAP C4 1400m TURF 14
10 17:45 18:45 SALISBURY HANDICAP C3 1400m TURF 14

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