By Jon Lees
Hong Kong: Surprise Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Order Of Australia has been supplemented for the Hong Kong Mile on December 13.
The three-year-old colt, who led home a one-two-three for trainer Aidan O’Brien when striking at Keeneland at odds of 40-1, will be part of a five-strong Ballydoyle team at the Longines-sponsored end-of-year international event.
Lope Y Fernandez, third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, will join Order Of Australia in the Hong Kong Mile while Magical and Peaceful have been selected for the Hong Kong Cup and Mogul runs in the Hong Kong Vase.
They comprise the bulk of the European challenge at Sha Tin on December 13 with the Ken Condon-trained Romanised selected for the Mile, France’s Champion Stakes runner-up Skalleti for the Cup and Royal Julius, another French challenger, in the Vase. Only seven horses have been selected for the 1m4f race.
There are no European horses in the Hong Kong Sprint which is headed by Everest winner Classique Legend who has been transferred to a new stable in Hong Kong since his last race.
Order Of Australia, who had not won any Pattern race before coming off the reserve list to triumph at the Breeders’ Cup, will come up against winners of the the last three editions of the Hong Kong Mile, namely Japan’s Admire Mars and dual winner Beauty Generation.
The race will also feature Golden Sixty, Hong Kong’s new star who completed his tenth win in a row last weekend and will be aiming to land his first victory at international G1 level.
The Hong Kong Cup could be the final start of Magical’s career. The five-year-old was due to retire at the end of last season but after a reprieve has rewarded connections with three more G1 victories, including the defeat of Ghaiyyath in the Irish Champion Stakes, and second place in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Hong Kong Cup betting (Ladbrokes): 5-2 Magical, 3 Danon Premium, Furore, 8 Skaletti, Win Bright, 10 Normcore, 16 Peaceful, 20 Dances With Dragon, 50 Time Warp, 66 Dark Dream, Singapore Sling
Hong Kong Vase betting (Ladbrokes): 10-11 Exultant, 6-4 Mogul, 7 Columbus County, 20 Chefano, 25 Royal Julius, 33 Ho Ho Khan, 50 Playa Del Puente
Hong Kong Mile betting (Ladbrokes): 5-6 Golden Sixty, 9-2 Admire Mars, 8 Order Of Australia, 9 Lope Y Fernández, 10 Beauty Generation, 12 Waikuku, 20 Ka Ying Star, Southern Legend, 33 bar
Hong Kong Sprint betting (Ladbrokes): Evens Classique Legend, 9-2 Hot King Prawn, 8 Inferno, 10 Computer Patch, 16 Rattan, Voyage Warrior, Danon Smash, Tower Of London, 20 Big Time Baby, 40 bar