Below is the trackwork report from the Hong Kong Jockey Club for Tuesday’s action at Sha Tin. Unfortunately, as you’ll note in the release, Akeed Mofeed emerged from work lame and will miss the race, bringing the total number of starters to ten. The South African runners Vercingetorix and Sanshaawes had just arrived on April 21 and will not be out until later.
Audemars Piguet QEII Cup Tuesday (22 April) track notes
Akeed Mofeed - HK
The 2013 G1 Hong Kong Cup winner pulled-up at the conclusion of this morning’s 1200m gallop on the all-weather track and was immediately dismounted and unsaddled by rider Douglas Whyte.
Trainer Richard Gibson said: “The horse pulled up lame after exercise this morning, we’ll do some veterinary examinations later today but we can already be certain that he won’t be running at the weekend.”
Blazing Speed – HK
Went 800m on the all-weather track under a work rider in 58.2s (30.8s, 27.4s). Trainer Tony Cruz said: “He had a little injury in his foot after he ran in Dubai but that was nothing really and I’m happy with him. You can forget that Dubai run.”
Designs On Rome, Dominant, Military Attack & Same World – HK
All four engaged in light exercise on the small track this morning.
Trainer John Moore said: “Everything’s going to plan with Designs On Rome, he’s a very sound horse, he’s in great form and there have been no setbacks. After looking at the form of the horses in the race, it looks like Epiphaneia is the horse to beat after his good run the other day in a Group 2 in Japan, and the trainer wouldn’t be bringing the horse here unless he thought he could win.
“It’s more or less the same story for Military Attack, Dominant and Same World. I’m happy with them all. This morning was a quiet one for my horses, just cantering around, and they’ll all do their work on Thursday – that’ll be a major morning for me.”
Dibayani – HK
Light exercise on the small track under his riding boy.
Big-race jockey Zac Purton said: “I’ve missed his last couple of Saturday morning gallops with the trips to Sydney but apparently Michael (Chang) is happy and he’s in good order. This is another step up for him this weekend but he ran a cracking race in the Derby.
“The horse is still unexposed. I don’t think we really know what we’ve got yet, how good he might be. I do think he’s only going to get better and better with more racing.”
Epiphaneia – JPN
Last year’s Japanese Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) winner Epiphaneia put in a routine canter for a lap before cooling down for another lap on the all-weather track under the supervision of Katsuhiko Sumii’s stable staff.
Assistant trainer Hiroyuki Suzuki commented: “Epiphaneia is very relaxed at the stable. I asked him to lengthen around the third to fourth corner and once he launched his bid he answered me very well and extended his stride. This is him.”
“Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga will gallop him on turf on Thursday, so we will do the same kind of work tomorrow morning. About the turf track, I just walked on the surface, and I felt the grass was very thick. But it may be well drained, so the ground is likely fast and makes the time faster.”
Uncoiled – JPN
Japanese contender Uncoiled had an easy canter under Karis Teetan on the all-weather track.
Jockey Teetan commented, “He was very relaxed in his canter. He looks great and feels fresh. I am very pleased to have a chance to ride him. I do not know if I will gallop him before Sunday. They will let me know.”
Trainer Yoshito Yahagi, the JRA’s leading trainer so far this season (as of 20 April) with 21 wins in Japan, will arrive tomorrow.