Kirk reaches for the stars with Salouen’s LONGINES Hong Kong Vase trek

Sylvester Kirk and Salouen are names to conjure with at Sha Tin on 9 December as Britain fields a team of old and new faces in a bid to bolster a record that could use some polishing at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races. Snow Fairy and Red Cadeaux remain the only British-trained HKIR winners in the last decade, but new kid on the block Kirk feels his stable star Salouen can have a say in the HK$20 million Hong Kong Vase. As the longest…

Japan beckoned, Lemaire embraced and conquered

While he won’t be the man picking up the 2018 LONGINES World’s Best Jockey award in Hong Kong on Friday night, Christophe Lemaire is undoubtedly the hottest rider in the global game right at this moment, having landed five Grade 1 successes in the space of just 13 days on the Japan Racing Association calendar in October and November. The bookends to that spree were the Shuka Sho and Japan Cup victories of emerging superstar Almond Eye, while Lemaire has also just passed the 200-winner mark…

Eight of the top racecourses in England, Ireland and Scotland set to host ‘The Series’

* A first in horse racing, CHR’s The Series is a league competition in which high profile teams race for points and millions in prize money over an eight-week period   * The Series is scheduled to take place on eight consecutive Thursday evenings from 25 July to 12 September 2019   * It represents a totally new approach to informing and engaging fans   Eight of the leading racecourses in England, Ireland and Scotland are set to stage ‘The Series’ - a dynamic new addition to…

Persian Knight primed to lead Japan’s assault on Beauty Generation’s crown

Persian Knight this morning (6 December) galloped over the notion that Beauty Generation is already across the line in Sunday’s (9 December) G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile. Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee’s G1 winner thundered along the final 400m of the Sha Tin turf course in 22.3s, clocking 1m 25.6s for 1200m. That smart workout, brimming with vitality, came after the 2017 G1 Mile Championship winner had appeared restless in his slower paces. Photo 1 Persian Knight stretches out on the Sha Tin turf this morning “Beauty…

Size hopeful Hot King Prawn can still burn off rivals from wide draw

John Size believes that Hong Kong’s rising star, Hot King Prawn, has the raw speed to overcome what looks an unpromising draw in gate 11 of 12 in the HK$20 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (9 December). Size enjoyed better luck at Thursday morning’s barrier draw ceremony with his other two entries, with Sam Clipperton housed in stall two aboard D B Pin and Beat The Clock and Ryan Moore in eight. “It’s always a concern with the…

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