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Winning jockey Douglas Whyte celebrates after winning the Hong Kong Mile aboard Glorious Days
In the HK$20 million (US$2.6 million) Longines Hong Kong Mile (G1), the world's richest turf mile race, a field of 14 older horses went to post for the 1600 meter (about 1 mile) trip around one turn of the Sha Tin turf. Gold-Fun was sent off as the 8-5 favorite off his 3 race win streak including the Jockey Club Mile (G2), the local prep for this race. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Moonlight Cloud, winner of 4 straight including the Prix de la Foret (G1) at Longchamp, and 7-1 third choice Sky Lantern, winner of the Sun Chariot Stakes (G1) at Newmarket.
Down the stretch in the Hong Kong Mile
# Horse Jockey Win Place 1 Glorious Days Whyte $87.50 $30.50 5 Gold-Fun Doleuze $13.00 3 Packing Whiz Prebble $25.00 Winning Time: 1:33.60 $10 Quinella 1-5 $210.50 $10 Trifecta 1-5-3 $4,082.00 $10 First Four 1-2-3-5 $3,465.00 * Note that these are $10 payoffs from Hong KongResults Chart from HKJC with video replay
Left: Glorious Days in the winner's circle. Winning trainer John Size said, "These races have escaped me in the past but it's sweet now it has happened. He's an easy horse to train, and I just left him alone when he wasn't right earlier in the year. But about six weeks ago he started to tell us that he would be ready to compete at this International race meeting, and we've been getting more and more confident since then."
Right: Glorious Days heads back to the barn in his winner's blanket.
Left: Glorious Days heads out to the track before the race. Winning jockey Douglas Whyte said, "We were always pretty comfortable. I just hoped that he could produce what he's capable of. I was alongside Moonlight Cloud and my horse then quickened up quite brilliantly. I just needed to keep his momentum going."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Hong Kong Mile.
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Gold-Fun heads out to the track. Jockey Olivier Doleuze said, "I'm very happy with my horse, we had a good trip and we had every chance to win it. There's nothing to be ashamed about being beaten by Glorious Days who is almost as good as Ambitious Dragon on his day. We were second but I am very proud of my horse."
Right: Third place finisher Packing Whiz returns after the race. Jockey Brett Prebble said, "He ran super – he had plenty of ground to make up. It was only his second run and he'll come on for that. We can expect more from him in the future."
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