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Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:00 am
by PJMIII
Designs On Rome, Able Friend give Moore one-two finish in Hong Kong Derby

It was billed as a clash of two John Moore-trained titans and Sunday's Group 1 Hong Kong Derby did not disappoint. Designs On Rome and Able Friend delivered the epic duel everyone had hoped for at Sha Tin racecourse, with the former emerging victorious.

http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/editoria ... i?id=43316

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:37 pm
by tachyon
This is going to be an exciting field! :D

''Elite international competitors unveiled for Audemars Piguet QEII Cup''

http://campaign.hkjc.com/en/2014-apqe/2 ... 01504.html

-- Invitees for G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2000m turf at Sha Tin on April 27.

Vercingetorix(SAF)
Sanshaawes(SAF)
Cirrus Des Aigles(FR)
Epiphaneia(JPN)
Uncoiled(JPN)
Military Attack(HK)
Designs On Rome(HK)
Akeed Mofeed(HK)
Dominant(HK)
Same World(HK)
Packing Whiz(HK)
Endowing(HK)
Dibayani(HK)

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:04 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Fabulous field, but...these are the INVITEES, right? How many do you think will actually run?
TVG has picked a good time to add Hong Kong racing, although it will being going off really late, even for this California resident. Our East Coast fans may be wondering whether to stay up...or get up early to watch. ;)

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:51 pm
by tachyon
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Fabulous field, but...these are the INVITEES, right? How many do you think will actually run?
TVG has picked a good time to add Hong Kong racing, although it will being going off really late, even for this California resident. Our East Coast fans may be wondering whether to stay up...or get up early to watch. ;)
Epiphaneia and Uncoiled have already booked flights. :D
They will leave from Japan on April 18.
I'm not yet sure about the others.

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:17 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
That's good. I would presume that the Hong Kong horses will all run, if they are ready and healthy. That leaves the South African horses and Cirrus,' who were all in Dubai for the Racing Festival. It's not too long a hop over to Hong Kong from there?

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:41 am
by tachyon
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:That's good. I would presume that the Hong Kong horses will all run, if they are ready and healthy. That leaves the South African horses and Cirrus,' who were all in Dubai for the Racing Festival. It's not too long a hop over to Hong Kong from there?
Mike de Kock's duo Vercingetorix(SAF) and Sanshaawes(SAF) have been confirmed for the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup.

Cirrus des Aigles(FR) has been withdrawn. He will instead be headed to the Prix Ganay at Longchamp for a clash with champion Treve(FR).

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:56 am
by tachyon
-- from scmp.com

''South African star Variety Club to race in Group One Champions Mile''

http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/articl ... pions-mile

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:03 am
by tachyon
-- from HKJC

Epiphaneia(JPN) and Uncoiled(FR) arrived at Sha Tin on April 18.

photos:
http://www.hkjc.com/english/corporate/r ... 01029.html

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:42 am
by tachyon
-- from HKJC

Vercingetorix(SAF) and Sanshaawes(SAF) arrived at Sha Tin on April 21.

photos:
http://www.hkjc.com/english/corporate/r ... 01239.html

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:24 pm
by tachyon
The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup - 27 April 2014 - Barrier Draw Results

24/04/2014
Barrier Draw Results

Horse No. Horse Name Country/Region Draw No.
1 MILITARY ATTACK HK 4
2 DOMINANT HK 7
3 EPIPHANEIA JPN 6
4 VERCINGETORIX SAF 3
5 DESIGNS ON ROME HK 5
6 PACKING WHIZ HK 9
7 DIBAYANI HK 10
8 UNCOILED JPN 1
9 SANSHAAWES SAF 8
10 SAME WORLD HK 2

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:40 am
by tachyon
Designs on Rome(IRE) won it.
He became the third horse in history to achieve Derby - QEII Cup double in the same season, following Vengeance Of Rain(NZ) and Ambitious Dragon(NZ).

Image
-- replay of the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup

http://racing.hkjc.com/racing/video/pla ... 8&lang=eng
1st. Designs on Rome(IRE)
2nd. Military Attack(IRE)
3rd. Vercingetorix(SAF)
4th. Epiphaneia(JPN)

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:39 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Designs On Rome is a four-year-old, yet he won the Hong Kong Derby earlier this year. Does Hong Kong run their Derby as a race for four-year-olds, instead of for three-year-olds?

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:01 pm
by Catalina
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Designs On Rome is a four-year-old, yet he won the Hong Kong Derby earlier this year. Does Hong Kong run their Derby as a race for four-year-olds, instead of for three-year-olds?
The Hong Kong Derby is for 4-year olds, since 1981.
http://entertainment.hkjc.com/entertain ... derby.aspx

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:27 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Thanks. I like that...gives youngsters more time to mature before they're thrown into the typical Derby pressure.

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:08 pm
by Northport
That combined with the fact that 99% of all horses racing in Hong Kong are imported while they are in training makes it kind of hard to have a 3 y/o derby when many of their best stock are only arriving halfway or near the end of their 3 y/o seasons from Europe, Australia, etc.

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Thu May 01, 2014 9:34 am
by tachyon
The Champions Mile (G1) 1600m at Sha Tin on May 4 -- barrier draw results


Horse No. Horse Name Country / Region Draw No.
1 GLORIOUS DAYS HK 8
2 VARIETY CLUB SAF 12
3 CALIFORNIA MEMORY HK 10
4 GOLD-FUN HK 2
5 BLAZING SPEED HK 1
6 DAN EXCEL HK 7
7 GORDON LORD BYRON IRE 13
8 ABLE FRIEND HK 14
9 HELENE SPIRIT HK 4
10 MSHAWISH FR 6
11 REAL SPECIALIST HK 3
12 ZAIDAN HK 9
13 MEINER LACRIMA JPN 5
14 FLAME HERO HK 11

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Thu May 01, 2014 9:22 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Hard to go against Able Friend, although I don't love the outside draw in a mile race. He was a winner the first night I got to watch racing from Sha Tin on TVG...and he was impressive.

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 2:54 pm
by tachyon
Japan's challenger Meiner Lacrima is a son of Chief Bearhart.
I'm pulling for South African star Variety Club.
But this race has never been won by an overseas runner.
And the home team looks strong again this year.

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 12:01 pm
by tachyon
Variety Club won it!!

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 12:21 pm
by Empress-Club
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh3b9zVRVPo

Great win! This horse is definitely better on turf than on the tapeta. Really looking forward to his Euro campaign, & then on to the Breeders Cup Mile!
VC made my day today :)