For fans of Little Mike, he finished 9th in the race.
Akeed Mofeed wins the 2013 Hong Kong Cup!! He was pick in the race, the one I actually got right. I had a hunch he was sitting on a big race. Tokei Halo finished 2nd, Cirrus Des Aigles was 3rd, and Military Attack finished 4th.
Gold-Fun who ran 2nd has been my pick in the Mile all week long given how well he's been running at Sha Tin over the past 4 or 5 months, but hats off to Glorious Days to be able step up and win a race of this magnitude coming off a lengthy layoff. It doesn't surprise that Moonlight Cloud was nowhere to be found, but I honestly thought given the fast ground conditions at Sha Tin that Sky Lantern would run a big race.
Total dominance by the local Hong Kong based horses with Glorious Days finishing 1st, Gold-Fun in 2nd, and Packing Whiz in 3rd. Gordon Lord Byron in 4th finished best of the international shippers.
Taking nothing away from Dominant who ran a monster race in the Hong Kong Vase, but if The Fugue's ever gotten a worse ride from William Buick than she got in this race I haven't seen. She was positioned perfectly early on, almost in the box seat. But why Buick allowed her to keep getting shuffled further and further back as the race progressed is a mystery to me? She should've never been in the position to have to check off the heals of Feuerblitz if she'd been ridden correctly by Buick throughout. Maybe it's fair to say Buick has ridden The Fugue well in her European races, but he hasn't ridden her well at all in two different Breeders Cup appearances and now the Hong Kong appearance being his worst ride ever on her, IMO.
Sole Power finished 2nd, Frederick Engles was 3rd, Cerise Cherry was 4th.
@kaitlinefree1, I just got finished watching the replay of the race and I can tell you that The Fugue didn't get a bad trip, she got one of the most horendous rides from William Buick that she's ever received, IMO. She had a perfect position, almost in the box seat early in the race, but Buick kept allowing her to get shuffled further and further back in the field as the race progressed, and when he tried to go wide with her she had to check off of heals. Red Cadeaux was the one who got a bad trip. Stuck out 4 or 5 wide the whole way!!
The Fugue heartbroken once again in 2nd, Dunaden in 3rd, Red Cadeaux in 4th.
@AmbitiousD, That price of 13-1 had to be on-track for Dominant, because he was much longer odds than 13-1 on the international exchanges as late as 2 or 3 hours ago. As long as 40-1 and in some cases 50-1.
Godolphin has purchased "majority shares" in the Jim Bolger trained Trading Leather and also in the Richard Hannon trained Piping Rock, unbeaten as a 2yo in 2013. Like Dawn Approach last season, Trading Leather will remain in the yard of trainer Jim Bolger and Piping Rock will also remain with the same trainer, which will now be Richard Hannon, Jr. after New Years.
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