DUBBED the world turf championships, the four races that make up Sunday’s AUD$14.8million Hong Kong International meeting have brought together a high class melange of thoroughbreds from all parts of the globe.
The meeting has been a happy hunting ground for locally-trained horses which have been particularly dominant in the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) and Hong Kong Mile (1600m), but the Hong Kong Cup (2000m) and Hong Kong Vase (2400m) have been won regularly by the Europeans.
In fact, eight of the last 10 winners of the Vase have been trained in Europe, with reigning champion Flintshire attempting back-to-back wins for trainer Andre Fabre, a feat completed by fellow French galloper Doctor Dino in 2007/2008.
Given that record of success, it is little wonder that six of the 13 runners in Sunday’s Vase hail from Europe, including ageing champion Cirrus Des Aigles and Cox Plate placegetter Highland Reel. The continent is also well represented in the Mile with four runners, and the Cup with three, including Dermott Weld’s particularly talented Free Eagle, and French-trained Mackinnon Stakes winner Gailo Chop.
G1X offers the following assessment of this very strong European contingent to help punters get a better handle on their form heading into Sunday’s race day.
HONG KONG VASE
5b h Dansili (GB) - Dance Routine (GB) (Sadler's Wells (USA)
T: Andre Fabre J: Vincen...