A cadre of horses who have made a mark at the Dubai International Racing Carnival or Dubai World Cup meetings are preparing for Hong Kong’s biggest day of racing, Sunday’s Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. Below, Spanish Moon, second in thrilling photo finish of the 2009 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), is on track Monday at Sha Tin preparing for a start in the 2,400 meter Hong Kong Vase (G1). The Sir Michael Stoute trainee will be joined in the 12-furlong affair by fellow Dubai alums including Viva Pataca and Youmzain.
Presvis, a winner at the Carnival, second in the Dubai Duty Free (G1) and the Singapore International Airlines Cup (G1), is expected to be one of the top picks for the Hong Kong Cup (G1) over ten furlongs. Defending champion Eagle Mountain will have a chance to quash the hopes of the perennially tough Luca Cumani. While Jebel Hatta (G2) winner Balius was declared from the Hong Kong Mile (G1), Godolphin stablemate Alexandros is due to take a spot in the gate.