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…

Festival winners among entries for day one of The International

Coo Star Sivola and Tiger Roll, who were both victorious at The Festival™ presented by Magners in March, headline the excellent entries for day one of The International at Cheltenham, Friday, December 14. Coo Star Sivola (Nick Williams) edged out Shantou Flyer in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase last season and could aim for another major victory at the Home of Jump Racing in the £60,000 G3 CF Roberts 25 Years Of Sponsorship Handicap Chase (2.30pm). A total of 19 entries for the three and a quarter-mile…

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