Sunday’s Champions Mile is shaping up well. Below is the trackwork report as provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Champions Mile - Wednesday (30 April) track notes
MEINER LACRIMA (JPN)
Galloped 1200m on the turf in 1m 23.6s (30.7, 30.8, 22.1)
Trainer Hiroyuki Uehara, who arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, was pleased with his Champions Mile contender after watching the six-year-old complete a searching gallop on the turf, during which he was given several reminders with the whip in the straight.
Uehara, whose previous international experience was preparing his five-time G1 winner Daiwa Major to run third in the 2007 Dubai Duty Free, said: “No problem, he just pushed him along in the straight after he had an easy gallop leading into the straight. It was a good workout.
“I’m very happy with him. He recovered very quickly after his travel to Hong Kong and has settled in well.
When asked why he had targeted the Champions Mile rather than the 8 June G1 Yasuda Kinen, in his homeland, which he won with Daiwa Major in 2007, Uehara said: “The owners are very interested in overseas Group 1 competition and were keen to bring the horse to Hong Kong. It is still possible this horse could run in the Yasuda Kinen as well. That will depend on how well he recovers from this Sunday’s race. There are many very strong horses in the Champions Mile but we hope that Meiner Lacrima can run to his best and hopefully win.”
Uehara said that Meiner Lacrima was best suited when ridden close to the pace but would prefer the horse not to lead.
Warmed up on the all-weather track before stretching his legs on the turf, covering the final 400m in a measured 28.8s.
Aymeric Candas, assistant to trainer Mikel Delzangles, has regularly accompanied stable stalwart Dunaden around the globe, and said: “The horse is well. He’s coped with the travel and he had a nice gallop this morning.”
When quizzed about the four-year-old’s running style, Candas said: “Mshawish is versatile, he can go forward or back depending on the pace, and the mile is his best distance so we hope for the best.”
VARIETY CLUB (SAF)
Worked evenly on turf under big-race jockey Anton Marcus and was clocked at a steady 30.9s through his final 400m.
Marcus said of the 16 times winner from South Africa: “He felt good. No problems.”
ABLE FRIEND (HK)
Cantered on the small all-weather track
Trainer John Moore said: “I’ll probably do something more searching on Friday morning, probably on the all-weather track – we’ll just see what the weather does over the next couple of days.
“He came out of his last run very well, he’s eaten up and put on good bodyweight – mentally and physically he’s there. He’s a fitter horse than he was in both the Derby and that race the other day.”
BLAZING SPEED (HK)
Easy work on the small all-weather track
Jockey Neil Callan will ride the gelding in a race for the first time on Sunday and said: “I’m looking forward to it. I trialled him last Friday and I thought he went very well as he’s not really suited to the dirt. He’s an athletic horse suited to the turf. He felt good in the trial and hopefully we get a good run race on Sunday as that would suit him.”
DAN EXCEL (HK)
Worked on the small all-weather track under jockey Tommy Berry
Trainer John Moore: “I couldn’t be happier with the horse, he’s done everything right, he tends to peak at this time of year and physically he looks great in the coat.”