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THE KING TIP: SUNDAY 09.12.18

THE KING TIP: SUNDAY 09.12.18

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SHA TIN (HONG KONG)

RACE 5

#5

HOT KING PRAWN

$2.60

(UNIBET)

HOT KING PRAWN

J: JOAO MOREIRA

T: JOHN SIZE

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SHA TIN TIPS & BEST BETS: LONGINES HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES. SUNDAY DECEMBER 9, 2018

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SHA TIN TIPS & BEST BETS

LONGINES

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HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES

SUNDAY DECEMBER 9, 2018

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Race 1

Jim And Tonic Hcp (C4)

1400m

2.CHARIZARD

$2.90

Race 2

Able Friend Hcp (C3)

1200m

2.HIGH FIVE

$7.50

Race 3

Fantastic Light Hcp (C3)

1800m

1.BIGWOOD

$3.80

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Race 4

The Longines Hong Kong Vase

2400m

Group 1

HK$20,000,000 (US$2,558,804.00)

1ST

4.EXULTANT

(EACH WAY)

$8.00 & $2.80

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2ND

5.MIRAGE DANCER

$7.50 & $2.60

MIRAGE DANCER

3RD

12.EZIYRA

$20.00 & $5.50

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Race 5

The Longines Hong Kong Sprint

1200m

Group 1

HK$20,000,000 (US$2,558,804.00)

1ST

5.HOT KING PRAWN

$2.65

HOT KING PRAWN2ND

2.MR STUNNING

$4.20

MR STUNNING3RD

10.LIM’S CRUISER

$34.00 & $7.50

LIM'S CRUISER

Race 6

Maurice Hcp (C2)

1600m

10. HELENE LEADSINGER

$5.50

 

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1ST

1.BEAUTY GENERATION

$1.45

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2ND

4.MOZU ASCOT

$15.00 & $4.80

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3RD

2.PERSIAN KNIGHT

$14.00 & $3.30

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Race 8

The Longines Hong Kong Cup

2000m

Group 1

HK$28,000,000 ($US 3,582,325.60)

1ST

9.DEIRDRE

$3.70

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2ND

1.SUNGRAZER

$2.50

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3RD

3.NORTHERN SUPERSTAR

$41.00 & $8.00

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Race 9

Lord Kanaloa Hcp (C2) 

1200m

7.RAGING STORM

$3.50

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Race 10

Highland Reel Hcp (C3) 

1400m

7.NICCONI EXPRESS

$3.40

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LONGINES INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF HORSE RACING AUTHORITIES

2018:

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES 

 

BEST BET:

RACE 5 – 5.HOT KING PRAWN

$2.65

HOT KING PRAWN

 

 

BEST EACH WAY VALUE:

RACE 7 – 4.MOZU ASCOT

$15.00 & $4.80

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#HKIR: LONGINES HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES: DECEMBER 9 2018

#HKIR:

LONGINES HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES

SUNDAY

DECEMBER 9 2018

SHA TIN RACECOURSE

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GR1 LONGINES HONG KONG VASE

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2018 HONG KONG VASE

The Hong Kong Jockey Club introduced a third international race to its December programme in 1994, the 2400m Hong Kong International Vase.

Red Bishop, the topclass French-trained galloper, took the inaugural prize – the first of 10 winners so far from that nation, with the latest being the 2014 victor, Flintshire.

The Vase was upped to international Group 2 level for the 1996 renewal won by Luso, who became the first two-time winner when he returned successfully 12 months later.

In 1999, in line with the renamed Hong Kong Cup and Hong Kong Mile, and the newly-initiated Hong Kong Sprint, the International Vase was renamed the Hong Kong Vase.

A year later it was upgraded to Group 1 status and the Coronation Cup winner Daliapour arrived to take the spoils.

Among the winners of this prestigious contest are the outstanding English race mare Ouija Board, English St Leger hero Mastery, popular globe-trotter Red Cadeaux, Dunaden, who in 2011 became the first Melbourne Cup winner to lift the Vase, and Ireland’s Highland Reel, the horse that gave his trainer Aidan O’Brien a first Hong Kong success in 2015 before the bay finished his career with a second victory in this race in 2017.

Japan has won with Stay Gold and Satono Crown, the latter surging late to deny Highland Reel in the 2016 edition.

LONGINES entered into a partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club ahead of the 2012 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races and the race currently carries a purse of HK$20 million. It was ranked equal 40th in the World’s Top 100 G1 Races in 2017.

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
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Waldgeist
A Fabre P-C Boudot 4 57 $4.70
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Pakistan Star
T Cruz W Buick 2 57 $11
3 SALQUEN.jpeg
Salouen
S Kirk O Murphy 5 57 $11
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Exultant
T Cruz Z Purton 10 57 $7
5 MIRAGE DANCER.jpeg
Mirage Dancer
Sir M Stoute R Moore 13 57 $7.50
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Eagle Way
J Moore S de Sousa 9 57 $7.50
7 RED VERDON.jpeg
Red Verdon
E Dunlop J Doyle 3 57 $13
8 PRINCE OF ARRAN.jpeg
Prince Of Arran
C Fellows M Walker 14 57 $13
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Ruthven
F Lor H Bowman 7 57 $67
10 LYS GRACIEUX.jpeg
Lys Gracieux
Y Yahagi J Moreira 12 55.5 $10
11 CROCOSMIA.jpeg
Crocosmia
K Nishiura Y Iwata 1 55.5 $12
12 EZIYRA.jpeg
Eziyra
D Weld C Lemaire 8 55 $21
13 LATROBE.jpeg
Latrobe
J O’Brien J McDonald 6 55 $8
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Rostropovich
A O’Brien W Lordan 11 55 $21

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GR1 LONGINES HONG KONG SPRINT

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2018 HONG KONG SPRINT

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s strategy for an elite international end-of-year race day at Sha Tin Racecourse had almost reached its aim by 1999.

That year saw the fourth and final international race added to the event, the Hong Kong Sprint, and Fairy King Prawn proved a fittingly top-class first winner.

Initially staged as a Listed race, the Hong Kong Sprint attained Group 3 status in 2000 and became a Group 2 one year later.

In 2002, the Sprint became the last of the HKIR features to attain Group 1 status, so establishing the four-race Group 1 format we know today.

The race has a most illustrious roll of honour, featuring superstars Silent Witness and Sacred Kingdom from Hong Kong and Japan’s greatest sprinter, the exceptional Lord Kanaloa.

Each of that trio won the race twice, as did the Australian speedster Falvelon.

Mr Stunning brought Hong Kong a 14th win in this race last year. 

The race was ranked equal 44th in the World’s Top 100 G1 races in 2017. Inaugurated as a straight 1000m contest, the race distance was upped to 1200m in 2006. LONGINES first sponsored the race in 2012 and the prize money is increased to HK$20 million in 2018.

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
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Ivictory
J Size C Lemaire 6 57 $6.50
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Mr Stunning
F Lor K Teetan 9 57 $3.50
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D B Pin
J Size S Clipperton 2 57 $7.50
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Beat The Clock
J Size R Moore 8 57 $7.50
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Hot King Prawn
J Size J Moreira 11 57 $3.00
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Fine Needle
Y Takahashi Y Kawada 12 57 $9.00
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Sir Dancealot
D Elsworth G Mosse 5 57 $21
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T Cruz S de Sousa 1 57 $21
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B Yung K C Leung 10 57 $34
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Lim’s Cruiser
S Gray H Bowman 3 57 $17
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F Lui D Whyte 4 57 $51
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Little Giant
D Hall Z Purton 7 57 $17

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GR1 LONGINES HONG KONG MILE

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2018 HONG KONG MILE

In 2017, Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year Beauty Generation became the latest in a line of brilliant victors that have, in the space of only a quarter of a century, established the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile as one of the world’s elite mile contests.

The classy gelding joined such mile luminaries as Maurice, Able Friend, Good Ba Ba, Ambitious Dragon, Eishin Preston and Sunline in winning what is now a lucrative HK$25 million race.

The race was inaugurated in 1991 to mark Hong Kong’s staging of that year’s Asian Racing Conference and so has the distinction of being the second of Hong Kong’s international races.

However, it was not known as the Hong Kong Mile at that time; today’s Hong Kong Mile in fact started out as the Hong Kong Invitation Bowl, staged over 1400m.

Ireland’s Additional Risk won that first edition for trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Mick Kinane. In 1994, the year that Soviet Line prevailed for UK trainer Sir Michael Stoute, the race attained international Group 3 status.

The race was then upgraded to a Group 2 in 1995 when Monopolize claimed the first of his two victories for Australian handler Grahame Begg.

The John Hills-trained Docksider won the race the first time that it was held in its now familiar guise, the Hong Kong Mile, in 1999. It was upgraded to International Group 1 status when New Zealand super mare Sunline took the race in 2000.

The outstanding champion Good Ba Ba has the distinction of being the only horse to have won this or any other HKIR contest three times.

The great miler prevailed in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The race was ranked equal 81st in the World’s Top 100 G1 Races in 2017.

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
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Beauty Generation
J Moore Z Purton 12 57 $1.85
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Y Ikee M Demuro 14 57 $7.50
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Comin’ Through
C Waller M Walker 13 57 $41
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Mozu Ascot
Y Yahagi C Lemaire 2 57 $7.50
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Beauty Only
T Cruz H Bowman 9 57 $12
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Beat The Bank
A Balding O Murphy 5 57 $15
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Fifty Fifty
P Ho J McDonald 4 57 $26
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Singapore Sling
T Millard S de Sousa 6 57 $17
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Southern Legend
C Fownes D Whyte 10 57 $13
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Inns Of Court
A Fabre M Barzalona 3 57 $13
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J Size J Moreira 11 57 $21
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What Else But You
J Size K Teetan 1 57 $51
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One Master
W Haggas R Moore 8 55.5 $15
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Vivlos
Y Tomomichi W Buick 7 55.5 $17

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GR1 LONGINES HONG KONG CUP

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2018 HONG KONG CUP

The LONGINES Hong Kong Cup, now the jurisdiction’s richest race, is the cornerstone of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races.

The 2000-metre event is the original – the race that launched what is nowadays Hong Kong’s biggest international sporting event and one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing occasions.

The Cup has a storied history.

Champions from across the globe have their names etched on the honour roll: Fantastic Light, Falbrav, Alexander Goldrun, Vengeance Of Rain, Pride, Ramonti, Vision D’Etat and Snow Fairy stand out.

The imperious win of Maurice in 2016, the Japanese stallion’s third G1 victory at Sha Tin in 12 months, followed another success for the Land of the Rising Sun in 2015, when Yutaka Take steered A Shin Hikari to a stunning front-running victory.

Last year, Time Warp added his name to the list of LONGINES Hong Kong Cup victors, leading from pillar to post under Champion Jockey Zac Purton.

Back in January, 1988, the race’s initial incarnation took place at Sha Tin Racecourse: an 1800m race open to raiders from Singapore and Malaysia and billed as the Hong Kong Invitation Cup.

Flying Dancer prevailed for leading local trainer Brian Kan and jockey Bartie Leisher. A year later, Australian and New Zealand horses were added to the list of invitees, and 1989 saw two editions as the event shifted from a January date to its now firmly-established December slot in the international calendar.

The only exception since then came when the 1992 races were postponed until April 1993 because of an equine virus, which forced the temporary suspension of racing in Hong Kong.

In December 1993, the race attained international Group 3 status, was opened to all-comers and was renamed the Hong Kong International Cup. The following year, the Cup was upgraded to international Group 2 status.

The big breakthrough came in 1999 when the Hong Kong International Cup was renamed the Hong Kong Cup and became the first Hong Kong race to be designated an international Group 1.

The race distance was extended to 2000 metres and France’s Jim And Tonic triumphed. The race was ranked equal 40th in the World’s Top 100 G1 Races in 2017.

The only two-time winner of the race is Hong Kong’s favourite grey, the diminutive and tough California Memory, who defeated world-class rivals to triumph in 2011 and 2012 for trainer Tony Cruz, the only man to have both ridden (Colonial Chief, January 1989) and trained winners of the race. He achieved success again last year with Time Warp.

LONGINES entered a partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club ahead of the 2012 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races and the total prize money of the race has been increased to HK$28 million.

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
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Sungrazer
H Asami J Moreira 6 57 $3.50
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Time Warp
T Cruz Z Purton 7 57 $5.50
3 NORHERN SUPERSTAR.jpeg
Northern Superstar
T Millard K Teetan 9 57 $26
4 SEASONS BLOOM.jpeg
Seasons Bloom
D Shum R Moore 4 57 $26
5 GOLD MOUNT.jpeg
Gold Mount
R Gibson O Murphy 5 57 $13
6 STORMY ANTARTCTIC.jpeg
Stormy Antarctic
E Walker J Doyle 8 57 $21
7 STAPHANOS.jpeg
Staphanos
H Fujiwara W Buick 3 57 $15
8 GLORIOUS FOREVER.jpeg
Glorious Forever
F Lor S de Sousa 1 57 $9.00
9 DEIRDRE.jpeg
Deirdre
M Hashida C Lemaire 2 55.5 $3.80

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2018 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship: Jockeys, Rides, Jockey Profiles & IJC Winning Odds

WEDNESDAY

5 DECEMBER 2018

HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE 

2018 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship

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The Jockey Challenge will be conducted on the four races of the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship, that are, Races 4, 5, 7 and 8.

 

The 2018 LONGINES IJC is a four-race competition in which points will be awarded as follows in each race:

12 points for 1st

6 points for 2nd 

4 points for 3rd

The ranking of each jockey will be determined by the total number of points earned over all four races and the IJC champion will be the jockey with the highest accumulated points.

In the case of a dead-heat for any of the first three placings, points will be added and then divided by the number of horses involved. In the LONGINES IJC, substitute jockeys are eligible for points and if a count-back is required it will go back to 4th places. Local jockeys with 2lb or 3lb claims are eligible for selection for the LONGINES IJC but there will be no claiming allowance in the four LONGINES IJC races. Apprentice jockeys do not qualify for selection.

 

Jockey Country / Region Race 4  Race 5  Race 7  Race 8 
Hugh Bowman Australia 3. MR RIGHT 6. MARVEL JOY 5. LOTUS BREEZE 4. LUCKY GIRL
Zac Purton Hong Kong 1. GENERAL IRON 4. NAMJONG INVINCIBLE 7. POSITIVELY HIGH 9. VIGOR FAME
Ryan Moore Britain 6. LUNAR ZEPHYR 3. EXCEPTIONAL DESIRE 4. MIDNITE PROMISE 6. BANK ON RED
Silvestre de Sousa Britain 2. MIDNIGHT RATTLER 10. GLORY STAR 2. ALL YOU KNOW 11. EXPERTO CREDE
Mickael Barzalona France 9. BRAVE BABY 7. CLEAR CHOICE 3. KIROV 7. FAITHFUL TRINITY
Karis Teetan Hong Kong 11. GODSPEED 11. SAVVY SEVEN 11. FORMULA GALORE 10. ELECTRIC LIGHTNING
Vincent Ho Hong Kong 4. SUPER EIGHTEEN 12. YOUNG GLORY 12. LITTLE ISLAND 8. PLANET STAR
Matthew Poon Hong Kong 12. FLYING NOBLE 8. ISHVARA 10. LETSGOFREE 5. SUMSTREETSUMWHERE
Colin Keane Ireland 8. SPECIAL STARS 5. C P POWER 1. SPARKLING SWORD 1. THUNDER STOMP
Christophe Lemaire Japan 5. WINNING SUPREME 1. MICKEY RICH 8. GENTRY 3. THE JUDGE
Yutaka Take Japan 10. LUCKY LUCKY 9. SWOT WINDICATOR 6. MEGATRON 12. BEAUTY DAY
Javier Castellano USA 7. ROYAL RACER 2. GOOD FOR YOU 9. CURLING LUXURY 2. SUPER FORM

 

 

QUALIFYING RACES (AEDST):

RACE 4: 23:10

RACE 5: 23:40

RACE 7: 00:40

RACE 8: 01:10

 

 

THE

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2018 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship

Competitors

 

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Mickael Barzalona

Representing Country/Region: France

Age: 27

Background: Mickael Barzalona was born in Avignon, France, a grandson of Corsican trainer Christian Barzalona and nephew of former Flat and Jumps jockey Armand Barzalona. He began his career with France’s standout trainer, Andre Fabre, with whom he is still associated, and is Godolphin’s number one rider in France. A precocious sensation, he enjoyed a stunning Dubai Carnival in 2011, at age 19, winning major races for the Godolphin operation, and that momentum took him to a famous English Derby win in June of that year aboard Pour Moi for Fabre and Coolmore. He then headed to Hong Kong for a short stint in 2011/12, notching one winner from 42 rides. Barzalona won the 2012 G1 Dubai World Cup aboard Monterosso and the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Turf on Talismanic. The latest of his 13 G1 wins came on Kitesurf in the 2018 Prix Vermeille.

IJC record: 2016 – 10th.

ODDS: $15.00

 

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Hugh Bowman

Representing Country/Region: Australia

Age: 38

Background: The 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Jockey award recipient, Bowman boasts an outstanding career record of 87 G1 victories among more than 2,000 wins since his debut ride on Naturalised in 1999. He has been champion jockey in Sydney four times. He has been the most prolific G1-winning jockey in Australia for each of the past three seasons. He has a record of 28 wins from 29 rides on the champion mare Winx, notably an incredible four wins in the Cox Plate. In Hong Kong, he has won the QEII Cup, Hong Kong Derby, Hong Kong Gold Cup and Champions & Chater Cup with Werther, and the 2017 G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize on Lucky Bubbles. This season he has already notched six top-level wins.

Notable honours include: Sydney champion jockey (2008/09, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2016/17); LONGINES IJC (2016)

IJC record: 2017 4th; 2016 – WON; 2015 – 10th (DH); 2009 – 7th.

ODDS: $3.75

 

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Javier Castellano

Representing Country/Region: USA

Age: 41

Background: Javier Castellano was inducted into the American National Museum Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. The native of Venezuela is a four time Eclipse award winner, for the nation’s top jockey, in North America and 12 times leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit. He’s ridden 108 Group 1 winners including ten Breeders’ Cup victories. He won consecutive races, at Belmont Park on 21 October, to give him his 5,000th career victory in North America. He set the record for earnings in one year when his mounts won US$28.1 million in 2015.He began his career in Venezuela in 1996, before moving to the United States a year later and riding his first winner at Calder in Florida. He won the Preakness Stakes in 2006 and 2017 and the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Travers Stakes in 2004. He won this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Bulletin and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on City Of Light.

Notable honours include: Eclipse award winner in North America four years straight from 2013. 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. 10-time Breeders’ Cup winner. More than 5,000 career winners of more than US$300 million.

IJC record: 2006 – 12th

ODDS: $13.00

 

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Silvestre de Sousa

Representing Country/Region: Britain

Age: 37

Background: One of 10 children, Brazilian ace Silvestre de Sousa first sat on a horse at age 18 and within two years he was champion apprentice in Sao Paulo. He moved to Europe at age 22 and was employed as a work rider for Dermot Weld. In 2004, dispirited after two years without a ride in public, De Sousa moved to England and teamed up with North Yorkshire trainer Dandy Nicholls. His first UK win was achieved aboard Sonic Anthem at Southwell on 1 January, 2006. Riding mainly for lesser trainers, often on longshots, he established his reputation on the northern circuit and in 2010 he rode his first century. With trainer Mark Johnston’s support he finished runner-up in the 2011 British champion jockey race. He was retained by Godolphin from 2012 to 2014, during which time his haul included the G1 Dubai World Cup on African Story. Riding freelance in 2015, he achieved 132 wins to claim the UK champion jockey title and repeated in 2017 (155 wins) and again in 2018 (148 wins). De Sousa has notched an admirable 16 winners in each of his two short winter stints in Hong Kong (2015/16 and 2016/17) and is currently based in Hong Kong.

Notable honours include: British Champion Jockey (2015, 2017 & 2018).

IJC record: 2017 – 2nd; 2015 – 4th.

ODDS: $5.00

 

 

 

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Colin Keane

Representing Country/Region: Ireland

Age: 24

Background: Born in County Meath, Colin Keane is the son of trainer Gerry Keane and has emerged as a star of the Irish racing scene since riding his first winner, No Trimmings, for his father at Dundalk on 10 December, 2010. He teamed with trainer Ger Lyons in 2014 and was Ireland’s champion apprentice with 54 wins, the second highest tally in history behind Joseph O’Brien’s record of 57. After running second on the overall championship in 2015, he was crowned Ireland’s outright champion in 2017 with 100 wins. This season he was second in the premiership with 82 wins. He secured a first G1 victory atop Laganore in the 2017 Premio Lydia Tesio.

Notable honours include: Ireland’s Champion Jockey (2017); Ireland’s Champion Apprentice (2014)

IJC record: Debut

ODDS: $15.00

 

 

 

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Christophe Lemaire

Representing Country/Region: Japan

Age: 39

Background: Christophe Lemaire leapt to prominence in 2004 thanks to his partnership with the brilliant French champion filly Divine Proportions and two years later he rode the crack mare Pride to win the G1 Champion Stakes and G1 Hong Kong Cup. Other top class winners in those days include Stacelita, Makfi, Flotilla and Elusive Wave, while Dunaden carried him a Melbourne Cup win in 2011. His first Japanese major came a few years earlier aboard Heart’s Cry in the 2005 Arima Kinen and the duo took the 2006 Dubai Sheema Classic. Star mare Vodka’s Japan Cup is also among his 63 G1 wins to date. In early 2015 he and Mirco Demuro became the first overseas riders to be granted full-time jockey licences in Japan. In November 2016, he equalled the record of Yutaka Take for most wins at a single Japanese meeting with eight victories.

Notable honours include: JRA champion jockey (2017); LONGINES IJC winner (2009 [DH])

IJC record: 2012 – 10th (DH); 2011 – 3rd; 2010 – 6th; 2009 – WON (DH); 2008 – 2nd

ODDS: $15.00

 

 

 

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Ryan Moore

Representing Country/Region: Britain

Age: 35

Background: Ryan Moore is a two-time winner of the LONGINES IJC. He is the outstanding international rider of recent years and was the first recipient of the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award as a result of 15 G1 wins in 2014. He won that accolade again in 2016. Moore hails from a racing family. His first win came for his trainer father, Gary Moore, on Mersey Beat over hurdles at Towcester in May, 2000. His first professional Flat win came on Marwell’s Kiss at Lingfield in January, 2002. He notched a first G1 aboard Notnowcato in the 2006 Juddmonte International Stakes at York and he has since taken his G1-winning tally to 119 in 11 different countries. Moore has won some of the world’s’ foremost races including the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2016 Maurice), LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (2015 Maurice), LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, English Derby, Japan Cup, Breeders’ Cup Turf and Melbourne Cup.

Notable honours include: British Champion Jockey (2006, 2008, 2009); British Champion Apprentice (2003); LONGINES IJC winner (2009 [shared] & 2010); LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award winner (2014 & 2016).

IJC record:  2017 – 6th; 2016 – 2nd; 2015 – 2nd; 2014 – 4th; 2013 – 5th; 2012 – 3rd; 2011 – 6th (DH); 2010 – WON; 2009 – WON (DH); 2007 – 10th (DH); 2006 – 6th.

ODDS: $8.00

 

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Zac Purton

Representing Country/Region: Hong Kong

Age: 35

Background: Defending champion Zac Purton took last year’s contest on the way to an epic second Hong Kong Jockey’s premiership. Having ended Douglas Whyte’s 13-season dominance with his first Hong Kong jockeys’ championship in 2013/14 (112 wins), in 2017/18 he halted Joao Moreira’s title streak at three. His second championship was a remarkable effort as he chased down Moreira to take the lead for the first time that term on June 10, 2018. Five weeks later, at season’s end, he had outpointed Moreira 136-134 with a win strike rate of 21% to the Brazilian’s 20%. Purton started his career in Brisbane and was an apprentice sensation, winning the premiership there in 2003. He then moved on to Sydney where he was twice second in the premiership. Purton moved to Hong Kong in September, 2007. His many major wins include the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012 and six victories at the LONGINES HKIR including wins in each of the four G1s.

Notable honours include: Hong Kong Champion Jockey (2013/14, 2017/18); Brisbane Champion Jockey (2003 – when still an apprentice); LONGINES IJC (2017); World Super Jockeys Series (Japan) winner (2012).

IJC record: 2017 – WON; 2016 – 7th; 2014 – 6th; 2013 – 2nd; 2012 – 2nd.

ODDS: $6.00

 

 

 

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Yutaka Take

Representing Country/Region: Japan

Age: 49

Background: Take is the son of famed jockey Kunihito Take and is a living legend in Japan, with more than 4,000 wins in his homeland and overseas. He has been champion jockey in Japan 18 times and was the first jockey to ride eight winners in a day in Japan, a feat achieved in December 2002. He became the first Japanese jockey to win a G1 race in Europe when Ski Paradise captured the 1994 Prix du Moulin. In 2000 he spent time riding in the US and in 2001 he was based with trainer John Hammond in France. His 110 G1 wins include four Japan Cups with Special Week (1999), Deep Impact (2006), Rose Kingdom (2010) and Kitasan Black (2016). His overseas achievements include the Hong Kong Cup (2015 A Shin Hikari) and Hong Kong Vase (2001 Stay Gold). In winning the G3 Sirius Stakes in October, 2015 he became the first rider to win 300 JRA Graded races in Japan.

Notable honours include: JRA champion jockey (x18); IJC winner (2004 [DH]); eight wins on a JRA race day.

IJC record: 2006 – 4th; 2005 – 11th; 2004 – WON (DH); 2003 – 5th; 2002 – 3rd; 2001 – 10th; 2000 – 8th.

ODDS: $31.00

 

 

 

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Karis Teetan

Representing Country/Region: Hong Kong

Age: 28

Background: Mauritian rider Karis Teetan was well ensconced in the top 10 of the South African Jockeys’ Championship when he left for Hong Kong in August, 2013. After entering the South African Jockey Academy at the age of 14, Teetan went on to be crowned South African Champion Apprentice in 2008. He graduated in 2009 with 147 wins to his credit. Teetan passed the 100-win mark in every season as a senior jockey in South Africa. He has recorded five Group 1 wins with his inaugural success at the top level being in his native Mauritius on 24 November, 2008, aboard Halo Hunter. Teetan represented South Africa in the 2012 International Jockeys’ Invitational in Seoul, Korea and in the 2008 Macau Apprentice Jockeys Invitation Races. He notched an impressive 50 wins in his first Hong Kong season and has continued to build on that good start. He finished third in the 2017/18 premiership race with 52 wins, which included a trio of Group 3 triumphs.

Achievements: South African Champion Apprentice (2008).

Notable Wins Include: Hong Kong Classic Cup (2015 Thunder Fantasy), HKG2 Chairman’s Trophy (2014 Able Friend), HKG2 Premier Bowl (2015 Able Friend), G2 Sha Tin Trophy Handicap (2016 Designs On Rome), G3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse (2016 Horse Of Fortune), Cape Derby (2012 Jackson), Daily News 2000 (2012 Jackson), Paddock Stakes (2012 Thunder Dance), Castle Tankard (2011 Grisham).

IJC record: 2017 – 9th (DH).

ODDS: $13.00

 

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Vincent Ho

Representing Country/Region: Hong Kong

Age: 28

Background: HKJC Apprentice Jockeys’ School graduate Vincent Ho racked up 44 wins as a young rider in New Zealand under the tutelage of leading trainer Lance O’Sullivan. He made a good start to his Hong Kong career with 10 victories in his first season in 2009/10, including a trio of wins he achieved on only his fourth race day in Hong Kong. He sealed the 2010/11 Champion Apprentice title with 39 wins. Ho reached the graduation benchmark on 1 October, 2012 by claiming his 70th win in Hong Kong on board Castle Hero. He notched 33 wins in 2014/15 to be the season’s leading homegrown rider. He rode a short stint in Europe during the off-season in 2018 and notched a first UK win at the first attempt, partnering the Mark Johnston-trained X Rated to success at Haydock on 9 August.

Achievements: Hong Kong Champion Apprentice (2010/11); Best Freelance Jockey Award (2014/15).

Notable Wins Include: HKG3 National Day Cup (2014 Bundle Of Joy). 

IJC record: 2014 – 5th

ODDS: $8.50

 

 

 

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Matthew Poon

Representing Country/Region: Hong Kong

Age: 24

Background: Matthew Poon joined Hong Kong’s race-riding ranks in March, 2017. He landed a win on his first race-day but also suffered an injury that side-lined him for three weeks. Upon returning he raced to 20 wins and a reduction to his 10lb claim within 14 fixtures and 112 rides. His second Hong Kong season yielded 35 victories. The HKJC Apprentice Jockeys’ School student undertook his overseas training in South Australia, embarking in June, 2015, and was based with leading trainer Richard Jolly. His first race ride, a winner, came in October of that year. At the end of his first season, in July, 2016, he was crowned South Australia’s Champion Apprentice Jockey with 51 wins. His second season in Adelaide saw him ride 65 winners and at the time of his departure for Hong Kong in March, 2017, he was sitting second in the South Australian jockeys championship. Poon commenced his Hong Kong career with an overall record of 117 wins from 862 rides at a rate of 13.57%. His first pattern victory came aboard Faaltless in the SIN G3 Garden City Trophy in Singapore in August, 2017 and he notched a second win in that grade when taking the Jumbo Jet Trophy at Kranji during the Hong Kong off-season in 2018. He is indentured to trainer David Hall.

Notable Wins Include: SIN G3 Garden City Trophy (2017 Faaltless), SIN G3 Jumbo Jet Trophy (2018 Preditor).

IJC record: Debut

ODDS: $31.00

 

The winner will take home HK$500,000;

the runner-up HK$200,000 and

third, HK$100,000, in addition to prize money won on the night.

10/12/17: #HKIR – HONG KONG TIPS – INTERNATIONAL RACE DAY 2017

10/12/17: #HKIR

SHA TIN

– HONG KONG TIPS –

INTERNATIONAL RACE DAY 2017

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RACE 1: 6.LOTUS STRIKES BACK $8.00

RACE 2: 3.BRAVO WATCHMAN $3.00

RACE 3: 8.RACING SUPERNOVA $17.00

RACE 4 – HONG KONG VASE: 2.TALISMANIC $5.50

RACE 5 – HONG KONG SPRINT: 1.MR STUNNING $2.10

RACE 6: 13.FORTUNE BOOTH $12.00

RACE 7 – HONG KONG MILE: 7.SEASONS BLOOM $3.20

RACE 8 – HONG KONG CUP: 2.NEOREALISM $5.00

RACE 9: 11.TOP BEAUTIFUL $4.40

RACE 10: 12.RATTAN $3.30

 

BEST BET: RACE 9-11 TOP BEAUTIFUL

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THE KING TIP: SUNDAY 10/12/2017

THE KING TIP: SUNDAY 10/12/2017

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RACE 9

#11

TOP BEAUTIFUL

$4.40

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#HKIR: HONG KONG TIPS – HAPPY VALLEY – WEDNESDAY, 06/12/17

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#HKIR: HONG KONG HORSE RACING TIPS

– HAPPY VALLEY –

WEDNESDAY – 06/12/17

LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT

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RACE 1: 6.WINNING CONTROLLER

RACE 2: 11.HAPPY HAPPY

RACE 3: 4.SIR REDALOT

 

RACE 4: LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP – HEAT 1:

7.FOREVER POSH (MOORE)

12.MONEY WINNER (MOREIRA)

2.SANGRIA (TEETAN)

 

RACE 5: LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP – HEAT 2:

11.RICHCITY FORTUNE (TEETAN)

9.FISH ‘N’ CHIPS (MOREIRA)

7.LUNAR ZEPHYR (DEMURO)

 

RACE 6: 12.OCEAN ROAR

 

RACE 7: LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP – HEAT 3:

11.GODSPEED (TOSAKI)

9.DESETIN (HENRIQUES)

2.SPEEDY WALLY (MOORE)

 

RACE 8: LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP – HEAT 4:

9.SUPER FORM (DEMURO)

5.FLYING QUEST (MOORE)

11.MIGHTY MAVERICK (DE SOUSA)

 

RACE 9: 3.DINOZZO

 

BEST BET:

RACE 8-9 SUPER FORM

 

LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY’S CHAMPIONSHIP TIP:

RYAN MOORE @ $4.75

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACEDAY TIPS + BEST BET – SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER, 2015


It’s International Raceday at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong today, one of the world’s premier annual race meetings containing 4 group 1 races – the Hong Kong Sprint, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Vase & Hong Kong Cup.

Top line group 1 thoroughbreds converge on Asia from around all parts of the globe chasing their share in not only the riches, but also the glory and prestige that is Hong Kong Internstional race day.

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RACE 1: 8.PEOPLE’ KNIGHT

RACE 2: 3.SEARGANT TITANIUM

RACE 3: 3.WINSTON’S LAD

RACE 4 HONG KONG VASE: 1.FLINTSHIRE

RACE 5 HONG KONG SPRINT:   10.MONGOLIAN SATURDAY

RACE 6: 9.VICTORY MAGIC

RACE 7 HONG KONG MILE: 1.ABLE FRIEND

RACE 8 HONG KONG VASE: 14.NUOVO RECORD

RACE 9: 10.SUN JEWELLERY

RACE 10: 3.FRIENDS OF KA YING

BEST BET: RACE 4-1 FLINTSHIRE

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