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US connections Dale Romans (Little Mike), Tammy Fox (Little Mike), and Jeremiah Englehart (King Kreesa) pose at the post position draw on Wednesday morning

2013 Longines Hong Kong International Races
Workout Photos

Date: 12/05/2013

The Longines Hong Kong International Races will be run this Sunday afternoon at Sha Tin Racecourse. As usual, horses from Europe, Asia, and Australia ship in for the four Group 1 races, billed as the Turf World Championships, with the HK$20 million (about US$2.6 million) Hong Kong Cup the highlight of the afternoon, contested at 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles). Conditions were excellent, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's.

Here are photos for 14 of the international horses out on on the track at Sha Tin on Thursday morning. Click the small photo to see a larger version.

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King Kreesa worked 4f in 50.15 seconds, getting the final furlong in 11.49 in preparation for the Mile. Trainer Jeremiah Englehart said, "He wasn't nominated to the Breeders' Cup and it would have cost $140,000 (in supplemental and entry fees) to run him there. As the time got closer, we kept in touch and here we are. Being here kind of opened my eyes as to how big racing is around the world. I think Americans don't always appreciate the international part of our sport."
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Little Mike cantered on the Polytrack in preparation for the Cup. Owner Carlos Vaccareezza said: "He looked good out there today, I thought, as good as he’s looked all week. He’s a versatile horse so far as distance is concerned and in how he runs his races. I hope there is a good pace in the race on Sunday as that would suit him best."
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Cirrus des Aigles blew out 6f in 1:20.80 on the turf under jockey Christophe Soumillon. Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said of her Cup entrant, "He really loves it here. According to his exercise rider Zoe Gargoulaud, he always acts exactly the same way at exactly the same points around the track, as if it was his playground. Look at him staring at the mountains! It is a real shame that he has never really succeeded at Sha Tin but it has been only a matter of bad luck. The ground here is much faster than, say, Longchamp in the Autumn, but it is not really an issue because it bounces. Cirrus can act on it."
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Dandino worked 6f on Polytrack in 1:27.80 in preparation for the Vase.
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Dunaden worked 4f in 56.30 under exercise rider Mathieu Brasme. Brasme said of the Vase contender, "You can tell that he knows the place from his behaviour on his first day out. It is like recollecting memories. He was bucking around this morning and acting like a colt. Considering his last race is still pretty close, we wanted to leave him a chance to fully recover even though he had not had a hard race in Japan. The way he behaves now seems to show that we are right where we want him to be before Sunday’s assignment."
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Galileo Rock breezed 2f in 29 seconds. He goes in Sunday's Vase.
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Grandeur went out on the all-weather Thursday morning watched by the trainer and his owner Yvonne Jacques. He did no more than a routine canter, and will probably put in a short piece of work on the turf tomorrow according to connections. His work rider said of the Cup entrant: “The horse is in great order and feels very bright this morning.”
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Moonlight Cloud worked 6f on Polytrack in 1:27.20. Trainer Freddy Head said of the Mile entrant, "There is no need to push her when she’s on the track. She went just fine there, too happy to let the steam go. It was just a canter but she looked good. As I said, I don’t think she will need to go over the turf but she could have a short speed burst on Saturday morning."
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Mount Athos worked 6f on turf in 1:22.80 under jockey Craig Williams, who said of his Vase mount, "He feels great and he looks better to my eye than he did in Melbourne. I’m not saying that barrier 22 beat him in the Melbourne Cup but we might have pressed the first two a bit further with a better draw and a softer run. I really like the fact that this horse has shown some versatility now and we’re not committed to riding him back."
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Nymphea worked 6f in 1:38.80 under jockey Andrasch Starke. Trainer Peter Schiergen said of the Vase entrant, "She is in good form and everything has gone well. The key to her is a good pace and firm ground, you can forget her last run at Ascot where it was soft, and in Istanbul the pace was only ordinary. I hope there is a good pace, but my jockey (Starke) knows her and if he has to go forward then he will."
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Red Cadeaux was out for some light work in preparation for the Vase. Trainer Ed Dunlop said, "He's in good order. We were happy to miss the Japan Cup this year after he had a tough run in the Melbourne Cup, which wasn't the case the year before. He's recovered from that race now and has done well here. The Fugue's going to be very hard to beat but the old boy (Red Cadeaux) will run well and it would be nice if we could go back-to-back here."
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Side Glance worked 6f on turf in 1:20.50. Trainer Andrew Balding said of his Cup entrant, "I’m very happy with him. He looks well, nothing’s bothering him and we look forward to Sunday. I’m not totally sure he can win but he might be underestimated. It was a bad start to the day when I heard (favorite team Southampton FC) had lost last night, but I was cheered up by the way Side Glance worked this morning! He seems very well, and I am hopeful that he will be in the shake up on Sunday.
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Sky Lantern cantered on Polytrack in preparation for the Sprint. Assistant trainer Richard Hannon Jr. said, "She’s very fit and is much perkier now than when she arrived. We’ve decided to go for the Mile rather the Cup because there’s plenty of time for her to step up to 2000m next season."
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The Fugue worked 1/4 in 29.10 seconds under jockey William Buick. Simon Marsh, racing manager for owner Andrew Lloyd Webber said, "She looks very well. She did her final piece of work at Newmarket last Friday, and she’s race fit, so she won’t be doing much here."

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