11/12/2010 12:33PM

Hong Kong Cup prep hard to figure


The revamped local prep for the $2.6 million Hong Kong Cup will be run at Sha Tin on Sunday. Formerly known as the International Cup Trial, the 1 1/4-mile, $387,000 contest has had its name changed to the Jockey Club Cup and will be run for the first time with international Group 2 status.

Finding a winner may be even more difficult than remembering the race’s new name, as the two favorites have been off form of late. The defending title-holder, the John Moore-trained Collection, was second to Vision d’Etat in last year’s Hong Kong Cup but he has been unplaced in his last three starts since taking the 1 1/4-mile Hong Kong Gold Cup in February. The Casper Fownes-trained Super Satin followed his 1 1/4-mile Hong Kong Derby triumph in March with a fine third behind Viva Pataca and Lizard’s Desire in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup over the same distance but has also been unplaced in his last three outings.

Two newcomers to Hong Kong could make their presence felt as Mighty High and Carthage were both group race performers in France. Moore is pointing Mighty High to the 1 1/2-mile Hong Kong Vase and will also saddle the recently gelded German 2000 Guineas winner, Irian.