Garlingari out to mine rich seam of Cirrus tradition at LONGINES HKIR

Though third place in the 2013 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup behind Akeed Mofeed might have been the high-water mark among seven visits to Sha Tin, the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races without Cirrus Des Aigles might be unthinkable to many. The veteran globetrotter was retired at the age of 10 in March but, in G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) contender Garlingari, Chantilly-based Corine Barande-Barbe has found another horse with miles to spare in him. At five years old, this year’s winner of the G3…

Contrasting fortunes for past winners Able Friend, Peniaphobia after HKIR draw – with photos and draw

It was a case of haunting déjà vu for one past winner and a welcome change for another as Able Friend (gate 14) and Peniaphobia (stall one) experienced contrasting fortunes at an intriguing barrier draw for the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races today (Thursday, December 8). John Moore-trained Able Friend drew the widest of 10 runners in the 2014 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile in a race that stamped the giant chestnut gelding as a superstar. He swept down the outside to win by a widening…

Hugh Bowman holds on to take LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship

Australian ace Hugh Bowman made all the running to hold off his rivals and secure his first win in a dramatic LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley, Hong Kong tonight (Wednesday). It was a case of third time lucky for the jockey after finishing out of luck in 2009 and 2015. Bowman got his challenge off to the perfect start when taking the first leg on the John Size-trained Premiere to take the early lead on 12 points. Settled just off the pace in…

Harty planning Dalmatia raid in Saturday’s OLBG Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Irish handler Eddie Harty is sending overDalmatia for the £30,000 OLBG Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.35pm, 19 entries) at Cheltenham on the second day of The International, Saturday, December 10. The two and a half mile contest was run for the first time in 2015 and went the way of the Anthony Honeyball-trained Lily Waugh, who subsequently finished second in the G2 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at Doncaster in January. This is the third of seven races in the OLBG-sponsored series of mares’ races that culminates with the…

Japan’s two big hopes for LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint glory

Japan’s two big hopes for LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint glory For a long time, it seemed that the one LONGINES Hong Kong International Race the Japanese could not claim was the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint, but that was until the mighty Lord Kanaloa swooped in and won back-to-back renewals in 2012 and 2013. The champion son of Japanese Derby winner King Kamehameha changed the international opinion of Japanese sprinters for good with his dramatically dominant victory in 2013, after which he went on to…

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