By Hong Kong Jockey Club
Hong Kong: Champion Stakes winner Sealiway, Breeders’ Cup heroine Tarnawa and the Aidan O’Brien’s Classic-winning fillies Snowfall and Love feature among 57 individual G1 winners from nine countries or regions engaged in the Longines Hong Kong International races.
Japan dominates the overseas entries for the four G1 races worth a total HK$100 million (£9.3m), the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Sprint and Hong Kong Vase, which will be staged at Sha Tin on December 12, with 40 of the 90 entries.
Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year Golden Sixty headlines a home team. The brilliant son of Medaglia d’Oro hasn’t tasted defeat in over two years and will look to defend his title in the Hong Kong Mile after blitzing last year’s contest.
O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable has made 10 nominations, which include Mogul, last year’s Hong Kong Vase hero, plus Love, Snowfall, Order Of Australia, Bolshoi Ballet, Japan, Mother Earth, Broome, La Joconde and Santiago.
Japanese stables took two out of the four features last year and they have reiterated their affinity for Hong Kong with a high-class list of entrants, including Danon Smash, last year’s winner of the Hong Kong Sprint, while Loves Only You who sealed FWD Champions Day success back in April, could return for the Hong Kong Cup.
Gran Alegria, a five-time G1 winner from 1200m to 1600m in Japan, is included and could make her first tilt abroad. Glory Vase, winner of the 2019 Hong Kong Vase, has thrown his hat in the ring as have Salios, Lei Papale, Indy Champ and Lauda Sion.
Everest winner Nature Strip and prolific G1-winning mare Verry Elleegant feature among the entries from Australia while Gufo could represent the US.
Among the other European entries at the meeting are Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Mac Swiney, Coronation Cup winner Pyledriver, Prix de l’Abbaye winner A Case Of You and German Derby winner Sisfahan.
• View the entries at Hong Kong Jockey Club