Jwala gunning for European sprint glory at Sha Tin

The past history of the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint does not make pretty reading for potential European challengers. Since this great dash was instituted in 1999 plenty of champion speedsters have headed eastwards in search of this huge and prestigious accolade but none have succeeded, not yet anyway. That drought will not last forever, surely, and Jwala, a half-sister to the G1 1200m winner Airwave, is a fascinating European challenger for the 2013 version of The Turf World Championships’ sprinting prize at Sha Tin. This…

Johns Spirit has December Gold Cup option

Jonjo O’Neill’s Paddy Power Gold Cup hero Johns Spirit is among 35 entries for the £100,000 December Gold Cup, run at Cheltenham on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 14. O’Neill completed the Paddy Power Gold Cup and December Gold Cup double in 2006 with Exotic Dancer, who became only the third horse to win both contests in the same season after Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Pegwell Bay (1988). Johns Spirit, owned by Christopher Johnston, is unbeaten in two starts this season…

Dunaden added to the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase & Lone ranger Linton flies the flag for Australia at the LONGINES HKIR

Dunaden added to the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase  Two past winners of the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase will now line up for the 2400m contest on Sunday, 8 December following the inclusion of Dunaden in the field of 14. Trainer Mikel Delzangles’ charge took the spoils in 2011 before losing his crown to the re-opposing Red Cadeaux in 2012. The top-class seven-year-old was not among the original selections for the race as his connections had indicated that they would not decide on a…

Side Glance eyes LONGINES Hong Kong Cup glory

Side Glance has established a reputation as an admirable and consistent performer in Pattern races over the past three years, but a performer that despite his honest efforts was not quite up to the mark in Group 1 company. Those perceptions changed earlier this month when Andrew Balding’s charge won the LONGINES Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), and when the six-year-old arrived in Hong Kong on Monday morning (25 November) for the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races he did so as a G1 winner with a whole…

Knight doubly represented in Wild Flower Stakes

Trainer William Knight will saddle Aussie Reigns and Modernstone in the £40,000 Listed £500 Free Bets At Betdaq Wild Flower Stakes (6.00pm) over a mile and a half at Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 27, the latest high-profile race during the new All-Weather Championships. Aussie Reigns has improved more than 20lb this year and enjoyed turf handicap successes at Windsor and Newmarket in May and June respectively. The three-year-old improved again when last seen, coming home third behind the highly-regarded Pethers Moon in the Listed…

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