Japan is represented by its highest number of Hong Kong International Race Day hopefuls ever next month at Sha Tin Racecourse including four live wire chances in the Hong Kong Mile 2014 field.
Race fields for the four Group 1s on the December 14 program, offering a total of AUS$12.5 million in prize money, are now out with 51 selected horses including 11 in the mix for the AUS$3.5 million LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m).
Four of those, which are part of the 10-horse Japanese-trained contingent at the meeting, race in the Hong Kong Mile including exciting milers Grand Prix Boss and Fiero.
Second behind Just A Way in the Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen over the distance in June, Grand Prix Boss is looking to improve on a dead last in this race from two years ago behind Ambitious Dragon after missing a return in 2013.
Deep Impact stallion Fiero meanwhile is only lightly raced and remains a maiden from his four starts, the most recent of which saw him finish a nose away second to Danon Shark in the Grade 1 Mile Championship (1609m) at Kyoto on November 23.
The other two for Japan in the field are then smart mare Hana’s Goal who won the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Australia back in April, and the speedy World Ace who has form up to 2400m and who won a Group 2 back home at Kyoto in April in record time over the mile.
Representing Britain is Group 1 Woodbine Mile champion Trade Storm who also ran third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile in the autumn.
Also in the mix for Great Britain is dual group 3 winning miler Captain Cat who ran fifth in the Group 1 QE II Stakes at Ascot in October.
The rest of the Hong Kong Mile field is then rounded out by local Hong Kong milers including the easy last start winner of the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile over the track and distance Able Friend who also won the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) back in January.
In May he ran second behind Variety Club in the Group 1 Champions Mile, the John Moore-trained Shamardal gelding also boasting a Group 2 The Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) win in April on the back of seconds in the Hong Kong Derby and Hong Kong Classic Cup.
The other Hong Kong hopefuls are dual Hong Kong Horse of the Year and winner of the 2012 Hong Kong Mile Ambitious Dragon who returns off an 18 month stint on the sidelines, first-up winner of last year’s Hong Kong Mile after a second the year before Glorious Days, Hong Kong’s Champion Miler and 2013 HK Mile runner-up Gold Fun, and Secret Sham coming off a Jockey Club Mile fourth.
See below for the full line-up of 2014 Hong Kong Mile chances for next month’s feature, odds for which will open online at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly making now the time to sign-up and take advantage of their $500 bonus welcome bet offer!
2014 Hong Kong International Mile Field
Sha Tin Racecourse – Sunday December 14, 2014
Captain Cat (GB)
Grand Prix Boss (JPN)
Hana’s Goal (JPN)
Trade Storm (GB)
World Ace (JPN)
Able Friend (HK)
Ambitious Dragon (HK)
Glorious Days (HK)
Gold Fun (HK)
Secret Sham (HK)