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Stellar QEII lineup expected in Hong Kong

A cavalcade of racing stars, some from the 2011 Dubai World Cup meeting, are expected for the 1 May Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) at Sha Tin.  Some of the expected starters include: Victoire Pisa (1st – Dubai World Cup),River Jetez (2nd – Dubai Duty Free), Wigmore Hall (3rd – Dubai Duty Free), Cape Blanco (4th – Dubai World Cup), Gitano Hernando (6th – Dubai World Cup).  Local star Viva Pataca is likely for the race, his sixth consecutive start in the QE II Cup, plus newcomer and progressive California Memory.  We’ll post stories about the big race day, which includes  Presvis (1st – Dubai Duty Free) and Musir appearance in the BMW Champions Mile (G1), over the next two weeks.

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  1. Obviously, Presvis isn’t going to be in the Q.E.II Cup. Because he just ran in the Champions Mile. The way I understood that decision by Luca Cumani was that he wanted to run Presvis in the Audemars Piguet Q.E.II Cup again over the 10f trip instead of the mile. But he also wanted Ryan Moore to be the jockey aboard. And Moore, with the English 2000 and 1000 Guineas coming up at Newmarket on Saturday and Sunday, is obviously committed to ride in Europe. I also read that Victoire Pisa will not be entered in the race either. But even with Presvis and Victoire Pisa out, it’s still a stellar line-up indeed. I believe the horse to beat will be the Hong Kong star, Ambitious Dragon. He’s already got back to back win’s over course and distance. Beating Lucky Nine in the G1 Hong Kong Classic Cup, and Xtension in the G1 Hong Kong Derby. Ironically, both Xtension and Lucky Nine just finished 1-2 in the G1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin that Presvis raced in. The horse that Ambitious Dragon will have to beat is likely Mike De Kock’s great race-mare, River Jetez. She was really brilliant in 3 starts in Dubai. Capped off by a fantastic 2nd place finish to Presvis in the G1 Dubai Duty Free. I also believe that Wigmore Hall has a shot on his Dubai form as well. I personally don’t see Gitano Hernando being that big a presence in the race. Primarily because he’s a much better horse over a synthetic surface than he is on the turf. TJMO.

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