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Pride (inside) wins the 2006 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup over Admire Moon.
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.
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|
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile|
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint
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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