The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced the selected invitees for the 2013 Longines Hong Kong International Races, and Dubai World Cup meeting graduates are among the runners named for each of the four races.
2010 Al Quoz Sprint (G3) winner Joy And Fun, second in the race a year ago behind Shea Shea, is one of five World Cup meeting graduates named for the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (G1). Eagle Regiment, third in this year’s Al Quoz Sprint (G1), is in the mix, as is Lucky Nine, third in the 2012 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), and winner of this year’s Krisflyer International Sprint (G1) in Singapore. Sole Power, three times second in turf sprints at Meydan, including the 2012 Al Quoz Sprint, is one of two entries in the race for Irish trainer Ed Lynam, and is joined by locally-based Frederick Engels, who was eighth in this year’s Dubai Golden Shaheen.
Xtension is one of two John Moore-trained invitees for the Longines Hong Kong Mile (G1). Fifth beaten just more than four lengths in the 2012 Dubai Duty Free (G1), the son of Xaar is winless since taking the BMW Champions Mile (G1) at Sha Tin in his first start back from Dubai in May 2012. Gordon Lord Byron, seventh beaten less than four lengths in this year’s Dubai Golden Shaheen, is among the invitees as well. He was a three-length winner of the Betfred Sprint Cup (G1) at Haydock in September.
2012 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) winner Cirrus Des Aigles leads the charge of international runners for the Longines Hong Kong Cup (G1). This will be his eighth start since late June when he made his seasonal return and has yet to get on top in Group 1 company since an eight-length score in the Prix Ganay (G1) just after his Dubai success. Little Mike, winner of the 2012 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1), Arlington Million (G1), and Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) will make the trip searching for the hard ground he loves. The son of now Saudi-based sire Spanish Steps got back to the top in late September when winning the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont Park. He started his 2013 season in the UAE with an eighth in the Maktoum Challenge – Round 3 (G1) and was the early pace in the Dubai Duty Free before fading and finishing eleventh. Side Glance, fourth in the Dubai World Cup, and third in this year’s Arlington Million, is also on the guest list for the Hong Kong Cup. He most recently won the Longines Mackinnon Stakes (G1) at Flemington.
Red Cadeaux, a fast-closing second in the 2013 Dubai World Cup, is at the top of the ratings for males in the Longines Hong Kong Vase (G1), though Breeders’ Cup Turf second The Fugue leads the overall group. Seismos, last in the Dubai Gold Cup (G3) over two miles, and most recently third in the Pattison Canadian International (G1) at Woodbine, earned the invite. His second in Germany behind Novellist in September’s Longines Grosser Preis von Baden (G1) was a shining moment, perhaps even more than his own win in the Grosser Preis von Bayern (G1) one start prior.