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Friday December 7th 2018

Meet the favourites for the Hong Kong International races

On Sunday, four Group 1 races feature for the Hong Kong International Races. The Longines Hong Kong Sprint, Longines Hong Kong Mile, Longines Hong Kong Cup, and Longines Hong Kong Vase.

Horses from Australia, France, Great Britain, Japan and Singapore will all be galloping for a share of the day's staggering $93 million HKD prize pot.

Let's get straight on with it - Meet the favourites!

Hong Kong Vase, 2400m


French galloper Waldgeist is on a real roll and this is his chance for glory. Fourth behind Enable in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and fifth behind the super mare in the Breeders Cup Turf in the USA last start.

Waldgeist has always been held in high regard by connections. He has been a very very good horse all over the world contesting races in Ireland, Great Britain, France, Germany and America.  His recent form reads four wins from his last six starts. Strongly fancied to win it!


Hong Kong Sprint, 1200m


Hot King Prawn is flavour of the day in the Hong Kong Sprint. A big player for trainer John Size the boom speedster has won his last two races, the Group 2 Premier Bowl over 1200m and the Jockey Club Sprint, also over 1200m with such ease.

In super form boasting a record of eight wins and a second from nine starts. The Hong Kong Sprint is a nice prize and the flashy grey will be ready for it.

John Size has four of the runners here with Hot King Prawns's stablemates, Ivictory, D B Pin, and Beat The Clock all in good order and all in contention of running a place at least.

Hot King Prawn

Hong Kong Mile, 1600m


Last year’s runaway winner Beauty Generation is fancied to become the first back to back winner of the Hong Kong Mile since Good Ba Ba and with good reason.

Winner of his last four races in a row with the undoubted highlight coming when scoring a dominant 'Winx like' victory in the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile last start at Sha Tin to a time that shattered a record of nearly 10 years' standing.

Hong Kong’s champion rider Zac Purton is sure to get a tune out of him once again. Expect Purton to take up the running early and Beauty Generation to coast home easily.

Beauty Generation

Hong Kong Cup, 2000m


The Japanese have won the Hong Kong Cup 5 times and it very much looks like they are ready to swoop once again with the fantastic duo of Sungrazer and Deirdre in contention.

Sungrazer has enjoyed an amazing career to date as a stayer winning 7 of his 16 race starts including second place in the Group 1 Tenno Sho Autumn last start six weeks ago. The fact that Joao Moreira takes the ride on fresh equine legs makes Sungrazer worth the risk in our book.

The second Japanese entrant Deirdre will also be here fresh. She won the Group 1 Shuka Sho in 2017 and took third in the Dubai Turf at Meydan in March. This fantastic filly will have Christophe Lemaire on board on Sunday and the jockey rates her as his best chance of the meeting.

Add in last year’s winner of the race, Time Warp and you have all the makings of a great race!



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