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2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races Entries

Date: 12/06/2007


Pride (inside) wins the 2006 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup over Admire Moon.
The last big event of the year on the international horse racing calendar is the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. The four Group 1 events will be contested over the turf course at Sha Tin on Sunday afternoon (late Saturday/early Sunday morning in America), all of which are under weight-for-age conditions. North American racing fans can watch the races on HRTV in the U.S., HPI-TV in Canada, and at selected simulcast locations starting shortly after midnight Eastern time.

The Hong Kong Sprint (G1) will kick off the day's stakes action at 2:00PM (1:00AM ET.) The race drew 13 entrants and will be contested over a distance of 1200 meters (about 6 furlongs) around one turn. The Hong Kong Vase (G1), run over the classic distance of 2400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) goes to post at 2:40PM local time (1:40AM ET). This race will be the final career start

Trainer Aidan O'Brien seems pleased with post position 7 for Dylan Thoman in the Vase.
for European Champion and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Dylan Thomas where he will face 12 rivals including Red Rocks, Quijano, and Doctor Dino. The Hong Kong Mile (G1) also drew a field of 13 and will run at 3:50PM (2:50AM ET.) The highlight race of the day is the Hong Kong Cup (G1), a 2000-meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip around two turns, drew a small field of 7 and goes off at 4:30PM local time (3:30AM ET).

The draw has a rather interesting format. Each entrant has a representative on stage in the huge paddock at Sha Tin. The first one is drawn at random by a Hong Kong Jockey Club representative. That person selects a model Cathay Pacific airplane which has a random post position number hidden on it. The cover is peeled back to reveal that horse's post, then the person representing that horse selects the next horse to go.

Past performances are available for all the races in PDF or Word format here. These are not traditional North American type past performances, but you should be able to understand them pretty well. Other info like past winners is also provided here. Click the race numbers below for a race card with trainers, jockeys, weights, and the silks of each horse.


The horse representatives with their planes after the draw for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase.

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup
Race 8
Horse No.Horse NameCountryPost
Position
1RAMONTIUAE4
2VENGEANCE OF RAINHK7
3VIVA PATACAHK3
4SHADOW GATEJPN2
5ART TRADERHK1
6ROYAL PRINCEHK6
7MUSICAL WAYFR5
    
    
    
    
    
    

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase
Race 5
Horse No.Horse NameCountryPost
Position
1DYLAN THOMASIRE7
2QUIJANO GER1
3RED ROCKSGB8
4DOCTOR DINOFR4
5BUSSONI GER6
6EGERTON GER3
7VITAL KINGHK9
8ARCH REBELIRE10
9KOCABFR2
10VIVA MACAUHK13
11HAWKES BAYHK11
12EVER BRIGHTHK5
13MACLEYAFR12

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  • The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile
    Race 7
    Horse No.Horse NameCountryPost
    Position
    1KONGO RIKISHIOJPN1
    2SPIRITO DEL VENTOFR13
    3THE DUKEHK3
    4ABLE ONEHK2
    5AL QASIGB10
    6FLORAL PEGASUSHK11
    7GOOD BA BAHK6
    8JOYFUL WINNERHK7
    9DOWN TOWNHK4
    10EXCELLENT ARTIRE5
    11CREACHADOIRUAE12
    12VISIONARIOHK8
    13DARJINA FR9

    The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint
    Race 3
    Horse No.Horse NameCountryPost
    Position
    1ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONHK3
    2BENBAUN GB2
    3SACRED KINGDOMHK6
    4MARCHAND D'ORFR5
    5SCINTILLATIONHK7
    6TIZA FR11
    7DESERT LORDGB9
    8WHY BESIN13
    9ROYAL DELIGHTHK4
    10SUNNY SINGHK1
    11SUNNY POWERHK10
    12GREEN BIRDIEHK8
    13MISS ANDRETTIAUS12


    Can these guys look less thrilled to be there? Trainers Aidan O'Brien and Saeed bin Suroor look rather glum after the draw for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile.
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