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Hong Kong International Races track notes for Saturday (12-10-16)

Big Arthur works on the all-weather track this morning.
Photo: The Hong Kong Jockey Club

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Saturday (10/12) track notes
 
LONGINES Hong Kong Cup
 
A SHIN HIKARI (JPN)
Cantered for one lap on the all-weather track under Tomoyasu Sakaguchi.
Trainer Masanori Sakaguchi said: “He is in really good condition. He eats up very well. He is alert and ready for tomorrow.”
 
BLAZING SPEED (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track under Alvin Ng.
 
DESIGNS ON ROME (HK)
Cantered two laps of the small (inner) all-weather track.
 
ELLIPTIQUE (FR)
Another very smooth canter around the Sha Tin all-weather track under work rider Amelie Foulon, covering 1000m in 1m 02.7s (13.4, 12.3, 11.5, 13.6, 11.9).
Trainer Andre Fabre said: “He looks a fresh and happy horse and he is moving well. Everything is fine and he looks good. Fast ground is very important to him and the distance will suit him as well, while the turns shouldn't be a problem. I am hoping to get a good placing but obviously to win will be difficult.”
 
HORSE OF FORTUNE (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track.
 
LOVELY DAY (JPN)
Worked on the all-weather track under work rider Joji Yamamoto and closed out in 27.3s (14.1, 13.2) for the final 400m.
Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee said: “I asked the rider to give him a bit of a strong canter in the final stage of the stretch, and he strode out nicely. He is on his toes for tomorrow. I wish that he will show us his best on the day.”
 
MAURICE (JPN)
Worked five furlongs hacking, two furlongs trotting, and seven furlongs cantering over the Sha Tin all-weather track.
Trainer Noriyuki Hori said: “He is switched on but relaxed and in very good condition.”
 
QUEENS RING (JPN)
Cantered for 1-1/2 rounds on the all-weather track under Yusuke Yoshimoto.
Trainer Keiji Yoshimura said: “She was asked to go a bit more strongly in the last stage of her work. She moved comfortably and strode out very well. She feels good. All has gone as planned.”
 
SECRET WEAPON (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track.
Trainer Dennis Yip said: “He’s in good form, I’m happy the way his week has gone. Of course I hope to win, but I know the Japanese will be very tough. We must try, though.”
 
STAPHANOS (JPN)
Worked 1½ laps around Sha Tin’s all-weather track, clocked 48.0s (17.8, 15.6, 14.6) for 600m.
Trainer Hideaki Fujiwara said: “He is in good condition. We will let Soumillon ride the race as he sees fit. He’s one of the best jockeys in the world so we trust his judgement.”
 
Jockey Christophe Soumillon: “He worked smooth today. I’m very happy with him.”
 
HELENE SUPER STAR (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track.
 
LONGINES Hong Kong Mile
 
ABLE FRIEND (HK)
Cantered one lap of the all-weather track.
Trainer John Moore said: “I’m happy with all the horses, they all came through their vet checks with no issues this morning. Joao (Moreira)’s enthusiasm for Able Friend and Designs On Rome is lifting my confidence.” 
 
BEAUTY FLAME (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track.
 
BEAUTY ONLY (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track.
 
CONTENTMENT (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track
 
COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE)
Aidan O’Brien’s mile contender was out for a lap of the track in the slipstream of his more celebrated stable companion Highland Reel (HK Vase), as he has been all week. 
Travelling head lad Pat Keating said: “He’s been doing well all week, and he’ll run his race on Sunday.”
 
GIANT TREASURE (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track.
 
HELENE PARAGON (HK)
Cantered one lap of the all-weather track.
 
JOYFUL TRINITY (HK)
Cantered one lap of the all-weather track.
 
LOGOTYPE (JPN)
Cantered one lap of the all-weather track under trainer Tsuyoshi Tanaka.
Tanaka said: “I just gave him a canter and he moved nicely and felt good.  He’s in good form. Of course, I wish he could win, but the most important thing is that he comes back safely to the line.”
 
NEOREALISM (JPN)
Worked around the quarantine trotting ring.
Trainer Noriyuki Hori said: “He is very relaxed and pulled up well from his work yesterday.”
 
PACKING PINS (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track.
 
ROMANTIC TOUCH (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track under Matthew Chadwick.
 
SATONO ALADDIN (JPN)
Cantered for one round on the all-weather track under work rider Yuki Iwasaki and closed through the final 400m in 28.0s (14.4, 13.6).
Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee said: “He had a nice canter today. He has been fitting in well and looked great after his gallop on Thursday.”
 
SUN JEWELLERY (HK)
Cantered one lap of the small (inner) all-weather track.
 
LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint
 
AEROVELOCITY (HK)
A steady canter for a circuit of the inner all-weather track under Paul O’Sullivan’s assistant trainer Pierre Ng.
 
AMAZING KIDS (HK)
Took to the Sha Tin inner all-weather track for an easy canter, returning with his ears pricked.
 
BIG ARTHUR (JPN)
Worked a lap and a half around the Sha Tin all-weather track, breezing in 30.0s (16.4, 13.6) for 400m.
Trainer Kenichi Fujioka said: “We are leaving the race strategy up to Ryan Moore.”
 
GROWL (UK)
Looked relaxed as he cantered around the all-weather track.
 
LUCKY BUBBLES (HK)
One round of the small all-weather track at a canter.
 
NOT LISTENIN’TOME (HK)
Cantered a lap of the Sha Tin all-weather track.
 
PURE SENSATION (USA)
Jogged on the all-weather track at Sha Tin under regular exercise rider Rudy Nerbonne, returning  work after a two day-absence.
Hong Kong Jockey Club Chief Stipendiary Steward Kim Kelly said: “The Stewards have been advised by Dr. Peter Curl, Executive Manager, Veterinary Regulation, that Pure Sensation, trained by Christophe Clement and previously reported to have lameness issues, underwent a routine pre-race veterinary inspection this morning in order to assess the horse's suitability to race. Dr. Curl advised that whilst the horse has improved it remains lame in the left front foot. Pure Sensation will continue to be monitored with a final decision on its suitability to race likely to be made tomorrow morning.”
 
PENIAPHOBIA (HK)
An easy circuit of Sha Tin’s inner all-weather track.
 
REBEL DANE (AUS)
Easy canter on the all-weather track.
Trainer Gary Portelli said: “Very happy, he's really cooled down as the week's gone on and is pretty relaxed now, which is what I wanted to see. We haven't done much at all with him....hopefully we've done enough. He does race best that way.”
 
RED FALX (JPN)
Cantered for one and a half rounds on the all-weather track under Isao Futaguchi.
Trainer Tomohito Ozeki said: “He responded well when the rider asked him. He changed his leads smoothly. He is keen. He has no issue with his condition and is at his peak. We are not going to put a stall handler in with him tomorrow.”
 
SIGNS OF BLESSING (FR)
Breezed up 400m on the Sha Tin all-weather track in 29.2s (15.8, 13.4) before schooling in the parade ring.
 
STRATHMORE (HK)
Given an easy time as he completed one lap of the inner all-weather track.
 
SUPER JOCKEY (HK)
Bucking and kicking and looking fresh and fit before he took to the inner all-weather track for two rounds at a hack-canter.
 
TAKEDOWN (AUS)
Cantered on the all-weather track.
Trainer Gary Moore: “Tres bien. He's very relaxed and everything's gone to plan so far.”
 
LONGINES Hong Kong Vase
 
ANTICIPATION (HK)
Kept to the inner all-weather track for a canter.
 
BENZINI (NZ)
Cantered around the all-weather track under big race rider Rosie Myers.
 
BIG ORANGE (UK)
Did a circuit on the all-weather track under the watchful eye of trainer Michael Bell, moving over 800m in 1m 01.1s (15.1, 16.2, 15.0, 14.8).
 
EASTERN EXPRESS (HK)
Took to the inner all-weather track for an easy round.
 
FLAME HERO (HK)
A very easy piece of work as he cantered one lap of the inner all-weather track.
 
GARLINGARI (FR)
Very gentle swing round the Sha Tin all-weather under regular work rider Zoe Gargoulaud.
Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said: “He is very relaxed and I think he has been improving all week in terms of the way he moves and how supple he is. He is still looking around, taking everything in. He is always generous at the end of his races and gives everything. I hope there will be a good rhythm to the race.”
 
HELENE HAPPY STAR (HK)
Keen to get on with his work as he completed a circuit of the main all-weather track.
 
HIGHLAND REEL (IRE)
Cantered on the all-weather track at Sha Tin, stopping the clock in 57.4s (14.4, 16.5, 13.2, 13.3) for 800m.
Travelling head lad Pat Keating said: “Just routine this morning. I thought his gallop yesterday was very good, and he did it very easily. He’s all set for Sunday.”
 
NUOVO RECORD (JPN)
Worked two laps around the Sha Tin all-weather track.
Trainer Makoto Saito said: “We don’t really have any tactics for the race, we will just settle into the pack and make our move in the stretch. She was in a great mood today. She took the bit today as she neared the finish line so she wanted to go faster, she is in excellent condition.”
 
ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (FR)
Pleased trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre with an improved effort in cantering around the Sha Tin all-weather under work rider Laurent Metais, covering 1000m in 1m 06.0s (13.7, 12.5, 11.5, 15.3, 13.0).  Has recovered from the subnormal blood picture which confined him to the quarantine stables sand ring earlier in the week.
Royer-Dupre said: “I have no doubt that he might lack a little for fitness but this morning he was a lot better than yesterday. His tests aren't quite back to normal but virtually. But, even though most of the work was done at home, you can't stop a horse for three days like that and not be a bit short. He could still run well but he will be lacking a little something.”
 
QUECHUA (SIN)
Routine canter on the all-weather track at Sha Tin, with big-race jockey Barend Vorster again in the irons.
Vorster said: “He’s in good shape, and everything has gone well with him since he left home. I’m happy with him.”
 
SATONO CROWN (JPN)
Worked five furlongs hacking, two furlongs trotting, and seven furlongs cantering over the Sha Tin all-weather track.
Trainer Noriyuki Hori said: “He feels like he wants to run and pulled up nicely from his gallop the other day. He is in good condition.”
 
SILVERWAVE (FR)
Easy canter on the Sha Tin all-weather track.
 
SMART LAYER (JPN)
Cantered for one and a half laps on the main all-weather track under work rider Kota Kato, completing 1000m in 1m 10.9s (15.3, 13.9, 15.5, 13.3, 12.9).
Kato said: “She is on her toes but very relaxed.  She is keen, which means she is ready for the race. She is eating very well and has weighted 470kg this morning.  She is in very good form. We will leave the decision to jockey Yutaka Take whether she would have a stall handler or not. She has been very easy to ride and answered me well.  I think she will be able to handle 2400m. There is a strong likely leader horse, and I hope she can sit behind the lead, not far from him."

Source: The Hong Kong Jockey Club

 

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