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2015 Hong Kong International Preview - World's best horses race in Hong Kong

Rippa Staff 10 Dec 2015
The 2015 Hong Kong International gets underway this weekend

It’s the biggest day on Hong Kong’s racing calender this Sunday, with four massive Group 1s on the card for Hong Kong International Day. 

The event attracts some of the world’s best horses and this year is no different. We’ve also got a few Aussie gallopers going around, aiming to take it to the world like Monopolize in the 90s or Falvelon in the early 2000s. Here’s hoping one of this year’s crop gets the chocolates. 

HK Sprint

It’s a weak renewal of the 1200m HK Sprint and the omission of spring carnival star Chatauqua is a big loss. Reigning champion Aerovelocity has also been spelled which is a shame. Three time group 1 winner Gold-Fun won the lead up giving weight away to the other chances and still won with a leg in the air. Could jump odds on and very hard to see him beaten.

Peniaphobia (the fear of being broke) is second pick for the in-form Tony Cruz yard. Magic Man Joao Moreira will take the ride and looks the big danger to the favourite. Currently.

Other contenders are hailing from around the world. The Irish legend Sole Power , who beat Peniaphobia in Dubai in the Al Quoz Sprint in March will take his place. Fellow Irish sprinter Gordon Lord Byron who Aussie punters know all too well after he won the George Ryder a few years ago has been scratched.

Veteran gallop Lucky Nine is back in form after a last start fourth, while Aussie punters will also know Not Listenin’tome who ran a gallant third to the two favourites last start and can improve again in the big one.

Japanese sprinter Straight Girl (also takes her place in what looks a competitive HK Sprint.

HK Mile

The beast from the east will run a short priced favourite here. Able Friend is a superstar in HK and over his pet course & distance will be extremely tough to beat. He’s the reigning champion and the Chestnut Gelding out of Sharmardal is currently which seems like value.

Second on the line of betting is four-year-old Japanese entire Maurice who has won his last two starts over the mile in Japan. Both of those races were at Group 1 level and it’s fair to say that he could be anything.

The British invasion comes from the highly regarded Toormore who finished in front of the favourite at Royal Ascot this year and also Mondialiste who most recently ran second in the Breeder’s Cup Mile. Esoterique is an improving French mare trained by gun trainer Andre Fabre and should be suited by the big galloping track at Sha Tin.

It’s a mouth-watering clash at the top of the market and should be a spine tingler come race day.

HK Vase

Another reigning champ returns to defend his crown in the 2400m HK Vase this year. The global superstar Flintshire, who won this race last year in some style, is in fine fettle after a fantastic run in the Arc just over a month ago. He might have a touch of class on his rivals here.Australian gun Preferment which ran second favourite in the Melbourne Cup should be suited by the expansive track. The strong stayer never got a chance to show his capabilities in the Cup but again is very firm in the market.

Highland Reel also takes his place with Ryan Moore taking the ride. The Irish colt might appeal to punters after an impressive third in the Cox Plate where he wasn’t on the rail run which was an absolute highway at Mooney Valley. Another nice renewal of the 2400m event.

HK Cup

This 2000m race is always full of world class talent and this year is no different. Reigning champion Designs On Rome leads the market after a good first up sixth over the unsuited mile. He will need the pace on but has a devastating turn of foot at the end of his races & should go well. He’s currently the favourite in an open affair. Australian globe-trotting star Criterion is second on the line of betting and his credentials need no introduction. He’s a solid chance and should map perfectly in the run.

Dermot Weld knows how to win these big international races and he’s got a good chance here with Royal Ascot winner Free Eagle.

Blazing Speed & last year’s runner-up Military Attack also take their place in the field.


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