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2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races Entries


Eagle Mountain wins the 2008 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup. He is back again this year.
Date: 12/10/2009

Results are here!

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 right-handed 1 5/16 mile 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 HPI-TV in Canada and at selected simulcast locations starting shortly after midnight Eastern time.

Owner John Yuen Se Kit seems happy with post 9 for his returning Mile two-time winner Good Ba Ba.

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (G1) will kick off the day's stakes action at 2:00PM local time (1:00AM ET) The race drew 13 entrants and will be run over the classic distance of 2400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles). Youmzain, who finished 2nd to Sea the Stars last out in the Arc de Triomphe, takes on Juddmonte star Spanish Moon and undefeated filly Daryakana. The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (G1) is the next race at a distance of 1200 meters (about 6 furlongs) around one turn, and a field of 14 goes to post at 2:40PM (1:40AM ET). Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner California Flag faces a tough international field including All Silent from Australia and local hope Sacred Kingdom. The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (G1) drew a full field of 14 and will run at 3:50PM (2:50AM ET) Two-time winner Good Ba Ba is looking for the three-peat and will go against Ferneley from the U.S., Duff from Ireland, and Confront from England. The highlight race of the day is the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (G1), a 2000-meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip around two turns, where a full field of 14 will go to post at 4:30PM (3:30AM ET). Defending champion Eagle Mountain is back but has only had one start since, and he will take on two top distaffers, Ashlanda from France and Queen Spumante from Japan.

Owner Ken Ramsey give the thumbs-up after drawing post 1 for Cannonball in the Sprint.

The draw had an interesting format, a bit different from last year. Each entrant had a representative on stage in the huge covered paddock at Sha Tin. The large video screen showed a Cathay Pacific jet landing on the turf course and virtual horses disembarking in a random order. When a horse exited the plane, that horse's connections would come up on stage to randomly pick a postcard hanging on the wall to reveal the post, just a more elaborate version of the traditional "double blind" system used everywhere. The graphical horses had accurate colors and after the posts were drawn, the graphical horses would enter the starting gate and would even "act up"!

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


The horse representatives enjoy a champagne toast after the draw for the 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup.
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (Group 1) 2000m
HK$20 million (US$2.6 million) Race 8
Program
Number

Horse Name

Country
Post
Position

Jockey
1VISION D'ETATFR7Olivier Peslier
2EAGLE MOUNTAINSAF1Kevin Shea
3PRESVISGB9Kieren Fallon
4COLLECTIONHK10Darren Beadman
5STARLISHFR5Anthony Crastus
6EYSHALHK4Weichong Marwing
7MR MEDICIHK6Frankie Dettori
8SPECIAL DAYSHK8Craig Williams
9QUEEN SPUMANTEJPN3Hiroyasu Tanaka
10ASHALANDAFR2Gerald Mosse

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (Group 1) 1600m
HK$16 million (US$2.1 million) Race 7
Program
Number

Horse Name

Country
Post
Position

Jockey
1GOOD BA BAHK9Olivier Doleuze
2EGYPTIAN RAHK14Felix Coetzee
3ABLE ONEHK3Brett Prebble
4RACING TO WINAUS10Hugh Bowman
5GRIS DE GRISFR2Thierry Thulliez
6HAPPY ZEROHK11Darren Beadman
7PRESSINGGB8Neil Callan
8SIGHT WINNERHK5Douglas Whyte
9ALEXANDROSUAE7Frankie Dettori
10CONFRONTGB12Ryan Moore
11DUFFIRE6Francis Berry
12FELLOWSHIPHK1Zac Purton
13FERNELEYUSA4Kieren Fallon
14SWEET HEARTHFR13Gerald Mosse

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (Group 1) 2400m
HK$14 million (US$1.8 million) Race 4
Program
Number

Horse Name

Country
Post
Position

Jockey
1YOUMZAINGB7Kieren Fallon
2SPANISH MOONGB5Ryan Moore
3VIVA PATACAHK13Darren Beadman
4KASBAH BLISSFR4Thierry Thulliez
5THUMBS UPHK12Brett Prebble
6JAGUAR MAILJPN1Christophe Soumillon
7PACKING WINNERHK6Brett Doyle
8BUCCELLATIGB9William Buick
9JACKPOT DELIGHTHK11James Winks
10JAMESINAHK8Jeffrey Lloyd
11BLACK MAMBAUSA2Olivier Doleuze
12CIRRUS DES AIGLESFR10Franck Blondel
13DARYAKANAFR3Gerald Mosse

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Group 1) 1200m
HK$12 million (US$1.6 million) Race 5
Program
Number

Horse Name

Country
Post
Position

Jockey
1SACRED KINGDOMHK7Brett Prebble
2SCENIC BLASTAUS3Steven Arnold
3ALL SILENTAUS14Nicholas Hall
4APACHE CATAUS9Damien Oliver
5TOTAL GALLERYGB2John Murtagh
6BORDERLESCOTTGB8Neil Callan
7CALIFORNIA FLAGUSA4Joe Talamo
8INSPIRATIONHK11James Winks
9CANNONBALLUSA1Ramon Dominguez
10GREEN BIRDIEHK5Olivier Doleuze
11LAUREL GUERREIROJPN13Shinji Fujita
12WAR ARTISTGB10Olivier Peslier
13JOY AND FUNHK6Brett Doyle
14ONE WORLDHK12Darren Beadman

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