Moore and Berry are sweet on Werther, Helene Paragon’s a quandary

By David Morgan Werther and Helene Paragon caught the eye in their final fast workouts at Sha Tin Racecourse this morning, Thursday, 7 December, but for contrasting reasons. John Moore sent four of his seven LONGINES Hong Kong International Races contenders around the turf track before dawn – each paired with a companion horse – and while Werther put in a strong gallop, Helene Paragon did not. “If all goes well on the day, Werther’s the one they have to beat, I think,” big-race pilot…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Thursday (7/12) track notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup BLOND ME (GB) Moved on to the turf for the first time this week with work rider Leanne Masterton guiding her around without exerting the recent G1 winner in Canada. She was timed over 600m in 40.2s (14.0, 13.8, 12.4). Trainer Andrew Balding, who arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, said: “She’s very fit so not much is needed this week. She’s seems to love travelling and has taken this whole experience in her stride.” DEAUVILLE (IRE) Worked on the turf for…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Wednesday (6/12) track notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup BLOND ME (GB) Work rider Leanne Masterton partnered the filly as usual, and she looked comfortable cantering around the all-weather track. “Still all good,” Masterton said, also confirming that trainer Andrew Balding would be arriving in Hong Kong later today. DEAUVILLE (IRE) Followed stable companion Highland Reel in routine work through a lap of the all-weather track under usual partner Gary O’Connor. Clocked 45.0s (15.8, 14.8, 14.4) for 600m. GARLINGARI (FR) (pictured below) Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe made it from Hong Kong…

World’s Best Jockey, Bowman’s back to defend his LONGINES International Jockeys Championship crown

  By William Hughes   At Happy Valley on Wednesday night (6 December), Hugh Bowman will not only be out to defend his title after his victory in last year’s LONGINES International Jockeys Championship, but also to show his Hong Kong fans why he is also about to be  crowned the 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Jockey.   However, Bowman – like many of the other 11 superstars whom he will be competing with for Wednesday’s HK$800,000 four-race series – is cautious about his chances, adding…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Tuesday (5/12) track notes

  LONGINES Hong Kong Cup   BLOND ME (GB) The winner of Woodbine’s G1 E P Taylor Stakes on her most recent start continued her preparation with another canter around the all-weather track. Prior to trainer Andrew Balding’s imminent arrival in Hong Kong, work rider Leanne Masterton continued to provide an upbeat message. “So far, so good,” she said.   DEAUVILLE (IRE) Followed his stable companion Highland Reel in cantering a lap of the all-weather track under his work rider Gary O’Connor. Pat Keating, travelling…

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