Australasia’s sole representative at the 2011 Hong Kong International Race Day at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday December 11, boom Kiwi galloper Jimmy Choux is scheduled to fly to Hong Kong on Tuesday afternoon.
After Group 1 The Galaxy winner Atomic Force missed out on an invitation to the prestigious meeting, John Bary’s five-time elite level hero Jimmy Choux is now the only Australasian-trained horse racing in one of this year’s four Hong Kong International Races.
One of the world’s richest and most recognised days of thoroughbred racing, the Hong Kong International Raceday offers over HK$68 million (AUS$8.8 million) in prize money with four Group 1 features on the card.
Jimmy Choux, last seen in Melbourne during the spring carnival running second to Pinker Pinker in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley and fourth to Albert The Fat in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 5, is preparing for an assault on the HK$20million Hong Kong Mile (1600m).
It will be the first trip outside of Australia and New Zealand for Bary’s Thorn Park four-year-old, Jimmy Choux having raced 23 times to date for 12 wins and close to $2.8 million in prize money.
All reports from Bary are that Jimmy Choux has come through his spring campaign in fine order and will head to Hong Kong at the top of his game.
“He leaves this afternoon,” Bary said.
“I don’t know why he couldn’t get on that flight with those other two English horses (Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden and runner-up Red Cadeaux) but anyway he goes up this afternoon,” Bary said.
“I moved him into a lovely rural setting and he’s been doing fantastically well.
“He has a paddock in the afternoon which is just a huge factor for the Kiwi horses.
“He had a nice gallop last Tuesday.
“He’s just thrived, put a bit of weight on and he looks fantastic.”
In other Hong Kong International Races news, Ed Dunlop’s class mare Snow Fairy has been ruled out of the HK$14 million Hong Kong Vase (2400m) due to injury.
Having run four Group 1 placings since July, including her brave second to Aussie expat So You Think in the Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and her third to Danedream in the Arc de Triomphe in France, connections were keen for Snow Fairy to return to Sha Tin after her gritty win in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at last year’s Hong Kong International Race Day.
Snow Fairy injured herself during a routine trackwork at Sha Tin and will return home to England as soon as she is fit to fly.
Dunlop will still be represented in the Hong Kong Vase 2011 field by this year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux.
The 2011 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Race Day fields are due for release next Thursday, December 8, and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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