LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – Saturday Track Notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup GLORIOUS FOREVER – HK Trainer Frankie Lor said: “He looks good. He’s a happy horse. We won’t go head to head again with Time Warp. We’ll just let him lead and take the trail.” STAPHANOS – JPN Warmed up on the Quarantine Stables trotting track then cantered a lap on the all-weather track. Trainer Hideaki Fujiwara said: “He seems very relaxed and in great condition. He is a veteran at coming to Hong Kong, he seems to know exactly what is…

Eziyra’s fresh for her LONGINES Hong Kong Vase challenge

While the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races have earned their reputation as the climax to the global calendar, every year one or two of the most eagerly-anticipated challenges from Europe come unravelled when the toll of a long campaign suddenly catches up. That is not a concern which ought to bother international pioneer Dermot Weld and owner/breeder the Aga Khan, who made a conscious decision to keep Eziyra fresh for the latter half of her four-year-old season. The result is that she will line up…

Waldgeist team hopeful USA misadventure behind him

Among the four Group 1 treats on Sunday’s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races card, only Mile hotpot Beauty Generation holds a bigger ratings edge over his rivals than Waldgeist, yet the LONGINES Hong Kong Vase contender has been surrounded by questions ever since a lacklustre performance in the LONGINES Breeders’ Cup Turf. A model of consistency during his four-year-old campaign, Waldgeist had arrived at Churchill Downs off the back of a fine fourth in the Arc, beaten less than two lengths by Enable. That margin…

Hot King Prawn can improve, John Size on his LONGINES HKIR contenders

Master trainer John Size was, perhaps, disarmed by a surprisingly warm reception from the world’s media when he attended the Thursday press conference before Sunday’s (9 December) LONGINES Hong Kong International Races. It reflected his demeanour throughout the week. He spoke, at some length, which is counter to his raison d’etre and with an at ease and considered confidence about his four LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint runners and his two ostensibly lesser fancied contenders for the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile. The message might be to…

Frankie Dettori captures Longines World’s Best Jockey Award in 2018 for second time

British-based Frankie Dettori flew to Hong Kong to accept the 2018 Longines World’s Best Jockey Award last night (Friday, December 7), having first won the accolade in 2015. The 47-year-old jockey won eight of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade One races aboard five different horses this year. The qualifying victories came in the Prix Ganay – Prix de l’Inauguration de ParisLongchamp (Cracksman), Investec Coronation Cup (Cracksman), St James’s Palace Stakes (Without Parole), Gold Cup (Stradivarius), Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Enable), QIPCO…

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