The 2010 Hong Kong Sprint is scheduled to take place this Sunday December 12 at Sha Tin Racecourse, the only Hong Kong International Race Day feature with an Australian runner, Ortensia set to line-up against a quality field.
Tony Noonan’s classy Testa Rossa mare Ortensia is one of 14 sprinters in the HK$12 million Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) field this year, the race the final leg of the annual Global Sprint Challenge series.
Last year three Australian horses ran in the Hong Kong Sprint when Apache Cat, All Silent and Scenic Blast went unplaced, Ortensia looking to become the first Australian-trained Hong Kong Sprint winner since Falvelon, who took out back-to-back editions of the race in 2000 and 2001.
Coming off a gallant third to Australia’s sprint superstar Black Caviar in the Group 1 Patinack Classic (1200m), Ortensia has strong claims on Sunday and is currently at juicy odds to win.
Ortensia is one of four overseas invaders in the 2010 Hong Kong Sprint along with South Africa’s leading sprinter and four time Group 1 winner JJ The Jet Plane, Singapore runner Rocket Man who has been unlucky not to snare an elite level win with three close defeats, and the speedy British-trained Kingsgate Native.
Despite the class and strength of the international contingent, it is local sprinter and defending champion Sacred Kingdom topping the Hong Kong Sprint betting markets, the narrow favourite over Rocket Man.
Trained by Ricky Yiu, seven-year-old Australian-bred Sacred Kingdom took out the Hong Kong Sprint by half a length over One World 12 months ago and returns on Sunday seeking their third win in the prestigious event having also claimed victory back in 2007.
The favourites have the best winning record in the Hong Kong Sprint of any of the day’s Group 1 features, coming through for the punters 45.5% of the time!
Last year’s runner-up One World and third placegetter Joy And Fun are also back for revenge this season, the John Moore-trained One World third favourite in the Hong Kong Sprint odds following their last start victory in the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) when they dead-heated with Rocket Man.
The other Hong Kong hopefuls are last year’s fourth placegetter Green Birdie, classy sprinter Ultra Fantasy who took out the G1 Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama in impressive style, up-and-coming runner Lucky Nine, consistent sprinter Little Bridge, Dim Sum who will shorten in the odds if the track is rain-affected on Sunday, and Cerise Cherry who made the field following the scratching of French sprinter Dalghar.
The 2010 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint is the second Group 1 feature on the programme for Sha Tin on Sunday, set to run as Race 5 at 2:40pm (local time).
The updated Hong Kong International Race Day odds and barrier draws will be released later in the week and published here at Races.com.au so bookmark this page and don’t forget to open you account with Luxbet to get a free $400 bet by quoting the promo code BONUS400!
2010 Hong Kong Sprint Field
|SACRED KINGDOM (HK)||Ricky Yiu|
|JJ THE JET PLANE (SAF)||Michael Houdalakis|
|ROCKET MAN (SIN)||Patrick Shaw|
|GREEN BIRDIE (HK)||Caspar Fownes|
|JOY AND FUN (HK)||Derek Cruz|
|KINGSGATE NATIVE (GB)||Sir Michael Stoute|
|ULTRA FANTASY (HK)||Ricky Yiu|
|ONE WORLD (HK)||John Moore|
|LITTLE BRIDGE (HK)||Danny Shum|
|LUCKY NINE (HK)||Caspar Fownes|
|DIM SUM (HK)||John Moore|
|LET ME FIGHT (HK)||John Moore|
|CERISE CHERRY (HK)||Derek Cruz|
|ORTENSIA (AUS)||Tony Noonan|