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Watson’s rapid rise brings a first Hong Kong assignment with Aspetar

Aspetar’s rider in Sunday’s (8 December) Group 1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) will be a 19-year-old who says “I can’t believe the position I’m in.” He is referring to his role as stable jockey to Aspetar’s trainer Roger Charlton – custodian of consistently one of Britain’s top stables – and also to the fact[...]
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Anthony Van Dyck is a Derby first at the Hong Kong International Races

It was the master Italian breeder Federico Tesio who once remarked that the existence of the thoroughbred depended on a single criterion, namely the winning post of the Derby at Epsom. Times have changed in the subsequent decades as racing becomes ever globalised as well as favoured towards speed and precocity, yet it remains by[...]
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Haggas has international aims for reformed Young Rascal

William Haggas believes you need a fresh horse to compete in horse racing’s international winter prizes and in “reformed character” Young Rascal he has just that. Haggas is a patient man with a long-term approach, attributes which were most obvious in 2018 when he masterminded the campaign of rare talent Sea Of Class, having resisted[...]
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De Sousa’s feeling the Power ahead of IJC defence

Hong Kong ‘gets’ Silvestre de Sousa. It has for a good while now. The city’s racing fans, its owners, its trainers, all of them hardheaded judges conditioned to appreciate jockeys endowed with strength, savvy, that all-important ‘fighting heart’, and, above all, an uncanny ability to win – they ‘get’ de Sousa. The Brazilian, for his[...]
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Fellowes hopes Prince Of Arran will bring his Melbourne best to HK

Charlie Fellowes has a charm and approachability that is probably nudging Group 1 class but talking to Prince Of Arran’s trainer one continually gets the impression of restless ambition and his comments regarding Sunday’s (8 December) Group 1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) start to illustrate this. “We have unfinished business in Hong Kong,” the[...]
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