Maybe it's just my perception, but it doesn't really seem like the connections of top international horses anywhere are falling all over themselves to line up for this race, outside of the obvious ones in the states that you'd expect to be seen pointed at the Pegasus. This race may end up being little more than a watered down version of the Breeders Cup Classic, only not even at the classic trip of 10f and with a payday on steroids. When it's all said and done, it'll probably end up not really drawing the level of competition expected and end up being easy pickings for one horse, IMO.
Breeders Cup Turf winner, Highland Reel, worked 800m on the all-weather track at Sha Tin this morning in 1:01:90 in preparation for his defense of the G1 Hong Kong Vase on December 11th. Trainer Aidan O'Brien's travelling head lad, Pat Keating said: "He's a great traveler and when he arrived here at Sha Tin his head immediately came up, he looked around him, and he knew exactly where he was. He's well and I have no worries about him, everything is good."
@Tyrone Floyd, Hate to disappoint you, but you're not likely to see Highland Reel ever race on anything but the green stuff. He's getting ready to defend his crown in the G1 Hong Kong Vase on December 11th and then he'll likely be sent back to Ireland to prepare for the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic in March.
According to an article that appeared on this morning's Racing Post web-site, the William Haggas trained Mutakayyef is being pointed for the G1 Jebel-Hatta & G1 Dubai Turf at this year's Dubai Carnival which starts next month at Meydan.
I sure would. And where else better to do it than at Meydan in late March back at the classic distance of 10f in the Dubai World Cup! I'm pretty sure though that Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman, already said after the BC Classic that win, lose, or draw the Pegasus Cup will likely be Chrome's final race.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: Coolmore have purchased Hazariya, the dam of G1 Epsom Derby & G1 Irish Derby winner Harzand at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale on Tuesday. Hazariya was purchased by M.V. Magnier, son of Coolmore co-owners John & Susan Magnier at a price of $2,000,000gns. She is intended to be bred next to Galileo.
Newmarket trainer, Roger Varian, will be moving yards from Kremlin House to retired trainer Clive Brittain's historic Carlburg Stables for the 2017 season after purchasing the property from Brittain. In a straight swap, trainer Simon Crisford, who rents boxes from Clive Brittain, will likely move and take over at Kremlin House after Varian makes the move to Carlburg Stables.
Favorite Kitasan Black wins the 36th running of the G1 Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse.
I'm glad Nuovo Record got another chance to run in the states at Del-Mar before she returns to Japan and ultimately heads back to Hong Kong next month, because she's a much better race-mare than she showed at Santa Anita in the G1 Breeders Cup F&M Turf. I also like that her connections pointed for the G3 Red Carpet Hcp. at 11f since she's being pointed at the G1 Hong Kong Vase over 12f this year instead of the G1 Hong Kong Cup again at 10f, and it turned out to be a nice win for her. I think the combination of both runs in the states will help to put her spot on for Hong Kong from a fitness point of view too. If you look back on last year's Hong Kong Cup, it wasn't Designs On Rome, Military Attack, Blazing Speed, or any of the other usual cast of characters that came flying at A Shin Hikari's backside late, it was Nuovo Record.
British jockey Jim Crowley, who narrowly defeated Silvestre de Sousa to be crowned champion jockey in the UK for 2016, will replace jockey Paul Hanagan as the top retained rider for Shadwell Farm owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Crowley will begin his new duties for Shadwell during the upcoming Dubai Carnival which starts in January. Sheikh Hamdan made the decision not to renew Hanagan's contract after a 4 year stint as top retained jockey for Sheikh Hamdan & Shadwell.
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