Steve Raymont reports from Hong Kong that the two half brothers continue to make good progress in recovering from their trip. They are both adjusting well to their new surroundings, eating well, drinking plenty of water and regaining some of the weight that is naturally lost through air travel. They have been going out on the all weather track at Sha Tin racecourse and trotting for a circuit before doing a steady canter. Since their arrival, they are regularly monitored by the excellent resident vets and blood samples are taken on a daily basis together with their weights. I plan to arrive to see them tomorrow evening before they do a stronger canter on the grass on Thursday morning which will then be followed by a sharper piece of fast work on Friday. Saturday will be an easy day just walking and trotting before the big event on Sunday. The barrier draws will be revealed on Friday and we can only hope that they are not given a wide draw.
Bated Breath will be taking on some tough and hardened sprinters from Singapore, Ireland, Australia, Japan as well as Hong Kong. Rocket Man is trained in Singapore and has now won 17 of his 22 races and in the process earning 2.7 million pounds. Sacred Kingdom is a local horse and has won 17 of his 32 races, total earnings of 3.5 million pounds. There is also a good four year old filly Curren Chan, who has won her last 4 races in Japan with earnings of nearly 2 million pounds together with several other tough speedsters. It will also be his first attempt at racing around a right handed bend, having raced left handed at Woodbine on his previous start.
Cityscape runs in the Hong Kong Mile and will also face some tough opposition. Jimmy Choux is a very good colt from New Zealand who has now won 5 Group 1's in Australia and New Zealand, Beauty Flash is a New Zealand bred gelding but trained by Tony Cruz in Hong Kong and won this race in 2010, Sahpresa is trained by Rod Collet in France and won this years Sun Chariot Stakes for the 3rd year in a row and more recently was narrowly beaten in a Group 1 in Japan, and we must not forget Dubawi Gold trained by Richard Hannon who is also a very high class colt. All in all, both colts are taking on some very formidable opposition and I will be very pleased to get amongst the prize money.