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It was a busy morning out on the tracks today, as several of the horses set for the Hong Kong International races were in action.
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Cathay Pacific HONG KONG SPRINT
Galloped on the turf, final section in 24.7 sec under jockey Nicholas Hall who said:
"I was impressed with him. I suspect he ran reasonable time in the closing part of the gallop and I can tell you he did it very, very comfortably. He looks terrific, he's very bright and I'm starting to get excited about Sunday. I know I haven't been around as long as many other jockeys but he is the fastest horse I have ridden. As for the race tempo, I would prefer a good-to-steady speed rather than a frantic pace. It's not always the case with a [hold-up] horse like this that you want a crazy speed because you might then be off the bit the whole way to stay in touch."
Scenic Blast lobbed around the dirt track
Trainer, Danny Morton:
"He had an easy morning after a good hit-out yesterday. He needed a strong gallop and he came through it well. He's really relaxed now with plenty of company in quarantine. He fretted a bit in the first few days here but in the last week and a half he has really come on. This is a lot stronger field than the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. There are some serious sprinters here but I still think he can win."
Apache Cat hacked around the dirt track
Greg Eurell, trainer:
"The horse is in great order. I'm starting to think he really enjoys it here and, you know, I prefer him racing right-handed. All Silent is probably the horse to beat. He had our measure at Flemington but my horse's form at Flemington has been a little bit mystifying in the latter part of his career. It's a great race on Sunday. Australia has another tough competitor in Scenic Blast, too, but I'd be disappointed if Apache Cat isn't right there. He's an amazing horse."
Green Birdie continues to work well ahead of his seasonal reappearance
Caspar Fownes, trainer:
"He's in great shape now. He'll have been off for about nine months since his last run with all sorts of problems to his off-fore, but he's come back really well. I honestly think he can run a very good race if he gets a decent gate. It's a seriously competitive field, I know, a really big test, but he goes well fresh, the 'Birdie', and it won't surprise me if he can get some prize-money. Remember, he was second in this race last year so he's a class act."
Total Gallery cantered on the turf
Stan Moore, trainer:
"He came out of winning the Prix de l'Abbaye so well. After that I worked him with a couple of good horses at [trainer] Richard Hannon's stable to see if it was worth thinking about this race and after he kicked a good horse of his called Plum Pudding into touch, we felt we had to take our chance here. He has settled in very well and we're really looking forward to it."
Laurel Guerreiro worked well on the turf; final split in 22.3 sec
Masahiro Hiraiwa, groom to trainer Mitsugu Kon: "The horse is very relaxed, it's his second time here so we know how to handle things better. The work was very good and he is in good form."
War Artist cantered on the all-weather
James Eustace, trainer: "Everything has gone well with him. He's in good form and he looks up for it. It's a tough race but he'll have his chance."
Cathay Pacific HONG KONG MILE
Sweet Hearth galloped nicely on the turf, final split of 24.8 sec under jockey Gerald Mosse who said: "She worked perfectly. I was very happy with her."
Alain de Royer-Dupre, trainer: "Sweet Hearth has lots of class but she can sometimes be a bit unpredictable. On a good day shes an outstanding filly, which showed when she finished second to Varenar in the Prix de la Foret in front of Goldikova."
Gris De Gris good turf gallop; final section in 25.0 sec
Alain de Royer-Dupre, trainer:
Gris De Gris is an improving type of horse and I expect him to fare well here. Hes very easy to handle and looked good this morning. He was willing and happy. Hes pleased us all throughout the season and is better now on a right-handed track."
Confront cantered on the turf with stable mate Spanish Moon
Stuart Messenger, travelling head lad to trainer Sir Michael Stoute: "His trainer will be here tomorrow and he will go quicker on the turf either then or on Friday. But everything is shipshape with the horse."
Pressing cantered on the all-weather
Joanne Banks, travelling head lass to trainer Michael Jarvis:
"He's very happy out here. He hasn't left an oat. Nearly every time I have travelled with him he has won. He has won eight Group races abroad for me and the only time he's been beaten apart was in Italy last time when the ground got the better of him. I hope I'm a good omen for him again."
Ferneley cantered on the turf
Ben Cecil, trainer:
"I worked him right-handed at Santa Anita after they closed the track and I have every reason to believe that he'll be better going this way."
Duff cantered on the all-weather
Trainer Edward Lynam:
"When he got here first he was a bit dehydrated. His PCV [packed cell volume a measure of circulating red blood cells in the bloodstream] was about 50 and that's a bit high, but now it's dropping closer to where it should be. He's a tough horse and he's been through a lot worse with injuries and we think he can be competitive."
Cathay Pacific HONG KONG VASE
Youmzain worked within himself on the turf
Michael Channon, trainer:
"He was a bit sweaty on this first couple of days here but that was more his freshness and just acclimatizing rather than anything to be worried about. He went well this morning and I am really pleased with him. I would like a decent draw and an even gallop in the race - I just hope they don't slow the speed up too much going into the back straight."
Daryakana worked on the turf
Alain de Royer-Dupre, trainer:
"She only started her career in July and she will stay in training next season so she could be back in 2010. The Vase is a hot race but she will like the ground and has a strong turn of foot which can be very helpful here."
Cirrus Des Aigles easy turf workout
Jean-Jacques Poincelet, assistant trainer to Corine Barande-Barbe:
The horse was keen to go and did well. He seemed happy enough and was playful on the gallop. He has adapted well to his new surroundings. Hes very easy to handle and I am confident he will run a big race on Sunday.
Spanish Moon passed a stalls test without incident after a half-speed workout on the turf. Stuart Messenger, travelling head lad to trainer Sir Michael Stoute: "He only seems to have a problem at home with the stalls as they make every effort to get him in when he is away. Unfortunately, at home the authorities won't let us use a long tom [whip] to get him into the gates, but if they did he would go in no trouble."
Kasbah Bliss trotted on the all-weather and worked a little faster on the turf
Francois Doumen, trainer: "I am thrilled with his appearance. He looks very supple and athletic. I think he will run very well. The 2400m is no problem he was third after a long break over 2500m in the Grand-Prix de Deauville in August and, I assure you, he will be very competitive here."
Jaguar Mail cantered on the dirt
Work rider, Masanori Watanabe: "He is very settled and is more used to the surroundings. He is in the same now compared to his usual condition in Japan. He has been well prepared."
Thumbs Up gentle all-weather work after a gallop the day prior
Danny Shum, trainer:
"Yesterday's work was very good. Myself and Brett [Prebble, jockey] were very happy with it and it follows up his good barrier trial last week when he wore blinkers for the first time. He will wear blinkers on Sunday because Brett feels they will make him sharper. The 2400m is probably his best distance and we know he is up to international class having been third in the APQEII Cup. He's a better horse now so it's looking good."
Cathay Pacific HONG KONG CUP
Ashalanda very nice piece of work on the turf; final 400m in 25.6 sec
Alain de Royer Dupre, trainer: "Ashalanda might prefer softer ground but shes very quick and also has enough stamina to stay a mile and a half. I think it will be very interesting to follow her in the Cup.
Starlish solid, impressive gallop on the dirt; final 400m in 24.9 sec
Bruno Kogue, travelling head lad to trainer Elie Lellouche: He was keen to go today and he pleased us. He's improving by the day.
Thomas Ries, travelling head lad to trainer Eric Libaud:
The horse looks great after a good trip. He settled down nicely and did not do much today. Hes quite relaxed and as curious as ever. He's looking at everything and that's a good sign. He will improve the longer he is here. We expect he will work on the turf on Friday.
Presvis cantered on the all-weather and paddock-schooled
Charlie Henson, assistant to trainer Luca Cumani
"All good. Same plan as yesterday. He will work tomorrow on the turf."
Queen Spumante cantered on the dirt
Tsutomo Suwama, groom: "She has been to the ten JRA tracks so she is very well-travelled but this is her first time overseas and when she arrived she was a bit tired but she's improving now. She will do some fast work on the turf tomorrow under her jockey Hiroyasu Tanaka."
HKJC press release
Last update: 2009-12-09 06:07:57 (First published: 2009-12-09 05:25:17 )
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