Overseas raiders stretch their legs ahead of LONGINES HKIR

Half a dozen of the early overseas arrivals for the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races ventured out for light exercise at Sha Tin this morning but it was a local hero that drew most attention as Glorious Days strode out in a 1200m barrier trial on the dirt track. John Size’s charge was a three-quarter-length second to Ambitious Dragon in last year’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile after defeating that same rival in his prep run, the G2 Jockey Club Mile. But this year’s preparation…

Haaf A Sixpence going for valuable Wolverhampton prize on Saturday evening

Trainer Ralph Beckett is hoping Haaf A Sixpence can capture the £45,000 Ladbrokes Handicap (8.20pm, 13 runners) over an extended mile, the highlight of an eight-race card at Wolverhampton this Saturday, November 30, the latest valuable race run during the All-Weather Championships. The four-year-old son of Haafhd annexed the Spring Cup at Newbury in April and, after finishing down the field in handicaps at Ascot and Ayr, got back to winning ways in a mile handicap at Newmarket on November 2. Haaf A Sixpence is…

Double the Power for Ireland in the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint

A double dose of Power will hit Hong Kong on Friday morning when Ireland’s leading speedsters Sole Power and Slade Power touch down at Chek Lap Kok airport ahead of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on Sunday, 8 December. The Edward Lynam-trained duo will bid to secure a first European victory in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), in which last year’s winner Lord Kanaloa will attempt to follow-up for Japan and snare a sixth career G1 success: only Falvelon…

French stars lined up to raid The International at Cheltenham next month

High-profile French challengers Gemix and Seabreeze d’Ho intend to test their Cheltenham Festival credentials in two of the feature hurdle races on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 14, at the Home of Jump Racing. Trainer Nicolas Bertran de Balanda is hoping Gemix can lay down an early marker for the Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle in March when the five-year-old lines up in the £40,000 Grade Two Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle over an extended two and a half miles. Gemix announced himself…

All-Weather Championships reports from Lingfield Park & Kempton Park

 All-Weather Championships Report Lingfield Park, Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2.35pm £19,000 Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap, 1m 2f, Polytrack There was a thrilling finish to the 10-furlong Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap, with the Richard Fahey-trained Spirit Of The Law (14/1), ridden by apprentice George Chaloner, holding on by a nose from Lowther (16/1). The 3/1 favourite Marshgate Lane finished third of the 10 runners, a length and a quarter behind the second. The main race of the day…

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