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Hong Kong Cup 2012: Entries & Post Positions

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Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong is set to host the 2012 Hong Kong International Race on Sunday afternoon.

Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong.
Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong.
Victor Fraile

A strong group of international horses will compete in four top class races in the Hong Kong International Festival at Sha Tin Racecourse on Saturday night (Sunday afternoon in Hong Kong). But while most of the major racing countries in the world will field a representative at Sha Tin, North America will once again stand on the sidelines without a contender for a major international race.

While we can put a majority of the absence on American runners in big international races on the lack of emphasis on grass racing in this country, it's still a little disheartening that year after year American trained horses sit on the sidelines while the rest of the world competes in races like the Arc, the Japan and Hong Kong Cups. Whether it's the Melbourne Cup or the Epsom Derby, the American horses are a constant no-show. If it wasn't for the Dubai World Cup, as well as the sporting nature of Wesley Ward and the Ramsey's in traveling to Royal Ascot, nary an animal would leave our shores to take on horses in other parts of the world. (There are a few American-bred horses entered in the four Hong Kong International stakes events (and a couple that have raced in North America) but none are trained in the U.S.)

Perhaps the reasoning is more than simply surface preference or the lack of permissible race day medications in every jurisdiction outside North America. But whatever the reason may be, the American horse that travels away from its shores for a major international meet is a rare occurrence.

Four races comprise Saturday's (Sunday's) Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin: G1-Hong Kong Cup, G1-Hong Kong Vase, G1-Hong Kong Mile, and G1-Hong Kong Sprint. Below is a summary of the race conditions, order and post times. The first of the four stakes races is scheduled for 2:00pm Hong Kong time on Sunday. That's 10:00pm on Saturday night for you West Coasters and, ahem, 1:00am on Sunday for those of your on the East Coast. (Assuming I've done all these conversion correctly.) All four races will be broadcast live on TVG; set the DVR!

I was incorrect about the TV situation; there appears to be no US broadcast of any of these races this year. Apparently, we are still living in the stone age.

Post Time Race Dist Purse
1:00am ET / 10:00pm PT G1-Hong Kong Vase 12.0 $1,934,000
1:40am ET / 10:40pm PT G1-Hong Kong Sprint 6.0 $1,934,000
2:50am ET / 11:50pm PT G1-Hong Kong Mile 8.0 $2,578,000
3:30am ET / 12:30am PT G1-Hong Kong Cup 10.0 $2,836,000

Past performances for all four stakes races at Sha Tin can be found at the Hong Kong Jockey Club site. Links are below

Hong Kong Vase PPs
Hong Kong Sprint PPs
Hong Kong Mile PPs
Hong Kong Cup PPs

Below are the entries and post positions for the 2012 Hong Kong International Race. Odds will be updated later.

Cirrus des Aigles (FR), second to Frankel (GB) in the Group 1 British Champions Stakes in October, scratched out of the Hong Kong Cup.

The odds below are the Hong Kong pari-mutuel odds from earlier today.

G1-Hong Kong Vase
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Sea Moon (GB) R. Moore M. Stoute SCR
2 Dunaden (FR) C. Williams M. Delazangels 7/2
3 Meandre (FR) M. Guyon A. Fabre 8/1
4 Chinchon (IRE) O. Doleuze C. Laffon-Parias 18/1
5 Joshua Tree (IRE) C. Soumillon M. Botti 11/1
6 Red Cadeaux (GB) G. Mosse E. Dunlop 8/1
7 Dandino (GB) J. Crowley J. Fanshawe 23/1
8 Jaguar Mail (JPN) D. Whyte N. Hori 24/1
9 Liberator (AUS) W.C. Marwing D. Ferraris 9/1
10 Scarlet Camellia (NZ) Z. Purton C. Shum 13/1
11 Dancing Rain (IRE) J. Murtagh W.J. Haggas 10/1
12 Pagera (FR) O. Peslier H-A Pantall 15/1
13 Bayrir (FR) C. Lemaire A. de Royer-Dupre 10/1

G1-Hong Kong Sprint
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Lucky Nine (IRE)
B. Prebble C. Fownes 4/1
2 Super Easy (NZ)
J. Moreira M.J. Freedman 13/1
3 Joy and Fun (NZ)
G. Mosse D. Cruz 18/1
4 Lord Kanaola (JPN)
Y. Iwata T. Yasuda 4/1
5 Admiration (AUS)
N. Callan J. Moore 19/1
6 Leading City (AUS)
M. Chadwick J. Moore 36/1
7 Time After Time (AUS)
D. Whyte J. Moore 9/2
8 Captain Sweet (SAF)
J. McDonald J. Moore 20/1
9 Cerise Cherry (SAF)
R. Fourie D. Cruz 15/1
10 Flying Blue (AUS)
U. Rispoli D. Cruz 56/1
11 Sea Siren (AUS)
J. Cassidy J. O'Shea 12/1
12 Curren Chan (JPN)
K. Ikezoe T. Yasuda 24/1

G1-Hong Kong Mile
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Ambitious Dragon (NZ) Z. Purton A.T. Millard 5/2
2 Xtension (IRE) J. McDonald J. Moore 7/1
3 Glorious Days (AUS) D. Whyte J. Size 7/2
4 Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) W. Buick T.A. Hogan 52/1
5 Sadamu Patek (JPN) Y. Take M. Nishizono 24/1
6 Grand Prix Boss (JPN) H. Uchida Y. Yahagi 19/1
7 Pure Champion (IRE) M. Chadwick A.S. Cruz 33/1
8 Don Bosco (FR) O. Peslier D. Smaga 44/1
9 Master of Hounds C. Soumillon W.J. Haggas 42/1
10 Packing Whiz (IRE) B. Prebble J. Moore 13/2
11 Packing Ok (AUS) W.C. Marwing J. Moore 40/1
12 Siyouma (IRE) G. Mosse F. Doumen 17/1

G1-Hong Kong Cup
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Cirrus des Aigles (FR) O. Peslier C. Barande-Barbe SCR
2 California Memory M. Chadwick A.S. Cruz 3/1
3 Carlongton Hous R. Moore M. Stoute 15/2
4 Alcopop (AUS) C. Williams J. Stephens 18/1
5 Sweet Orange W.C. Marwing D.E. Ferraris SCR
6 Irian (GER) G. Mosse J. Moore 11/2
7 Zaidan J. McDonald J. Moore 9/1
8 Dan Excel (IRE) N. Callan J. Moore 15/1
9 Military Attack (IRE) B. Prebble J. Moore 17/1
10 Saonois (FR) A. Hamelin J-P. Gauvin 15/1
11 Feuerblitz (GER) M. Guyon M. Figge 50/1
12 Autumn Gold (GER) D. Whyte S. Woods 15/2
13 Giofra (GB) C. Soumillon A. de Royer-Dupre 14/1