Deputise qualifies for Good Friday with Wolverhampton success

  Deputise (William Haggas/Tom Marquand, 4/1) qualified for All-Weather Championships Finals Day when successful in the £14,000 Ladbrokes Conditions Race (6.45pm) at Wolverhampton on Saturday, December 8. The six-furlong Tapeta contest was a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Ladbrokes Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships over the same distance on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 19. Today’s success means Deputise has now gained a free and guaranteed place in the very valuable Good Friday contest. A son of Kodiac, Deputise was settled…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – Friday Track Notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup DEIRDRE – JPN Cantered on the all-weather track and went to the paddock ring for schooling. Trainer Mitsuru Hashida flew into Hong Kong yesterday and said this morning: “She looks very well. Christophe Lemaire (jockey) also said she felt good after the gallop. When she travelled to Dubai, I thought she was pretty fit and in good form, but looking back, she has improved quite a lot since then. Of course she can handle a firm track like at home, but more rain…

Family connection strong as Sir Dancealot heads towards Sunday’s Sprint

Those with long memories of British racing, observing LONGINES Hong Kong International Races trackwork at Sha Tin this week, may have mused about a connection between the names of the trainer of Sir Dancealot - Europe’s flag bearer in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint - and the work rider who has been harnessing the speedster’s energy all week. And they would be right to do so. Working together are David Elsworth - arguably Britain’s finest dual purpose handler (flat and jumps) and Ryan Holley, the lad whose…

Family connection strong as Sir Dancealot heads towards Sunday’s Sprint

Those with long memories of British racing, observing LONGINES Hong Kong International Races trackwork at Sha Tin this week, may have mused about a connection between the names of the trainer of Sir Dancealot - Europe’s flag bearer in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint - and the work rider who has been harnessing the speedster’s energy all week. And they would be right to do so. Working together are David Elsworth - arguably Britain’s finest dual purpose handler (flat and jumps) and Ryan Holley, the lad whose…

Stage is set for a Pakistan Star revival in LONGINES Hong Kong Vase

The spotlight has shone on Pakistan Star ever since his Internet-rocking debut two and a half years ago, but this week, the biggest of all in Hong Kong’s horse racing year, the mercurial one has been unusually peripheral. Pakistan Star has gone about his regular routine without hoopla; a warm-up in the trotting ring, a canter on the dirt track – each day in company with his fellow LONGINES Hong Kong International Races-bound workmates, Time Warp, Exultant, Beauty Only and Winner’s Way. All under the…

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