11/26/2008 12:00AM

Kip Deville lands in Hong Kong


Kip Deville arrived safe and sound in Hong Kong on Tuesday for his date in the $2 million Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Dec. 14. A 5-year-old son of Kipling trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., he made the short trip from Hong Kong International Airport to Sha Tin Racecourse, where he will be quartered in the quarantine section for foreign horses.

Kip Deville, first and second in the last two runnings of the Breeders' Cup Mile, is one of four American horses to receive official invitations from the Hong Kong Jockey Club to run in the four big races on Hong Kong International Race Day. Awesome Gem, a Craig Dollase trainee who was sixth in the Breeders' Cup Mile and is winless since June 2007, has also been invited to run in the Mile. The Bobby Frankel-trained Out of Control and the Neil Drysdale-trained Artiste Royal have both been selected to run in the 1 1/4-mile, $2.6 million Hong Kong Cup.

Also on the list of Mile invitees are Natagora, winner of the 1000 Guineas; Good Ba Ba, the winner of last year's Hong Kong Mile; Egyptian Ra, the recent International Mile Trial winner; and Super Hornet, the narrow runner-up in Japan's Mile Championship. This year's Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up, Eagle Mountain, and Hong Kong's best horse, Viva Pataca, have been selected to go in the Hong Kong Cup, as has Lush Lashes, the three-time European Group 1-winning filly.

European sprint champ Marchand d'Or and ace Australian sprinter Apache Cat could clash with the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Diabolical in the six-furlong, $1.5 million Hong Kong Sprint. And Muhannak, the BC Marathon winner, is in line to meet Sixties Icon and Doctor Dino in the 1 1/2-mile, $1.8 million Hong Kong Vase.

Frost Giant in quarantine

Frost Giant arrived at the Shiroi Quarantine Center near Tokyo on Wednesday to prepare for his run in the $2 million Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin on Dec. 7 following a 15-hour journey from New York.

"He was very anxious when we arrived at Narita Airport, but he seems to have relaxed in the horse van on the way to Shiroi," said Rodolfo Rodriguez, assistant to trainer Dutrow.

Frost Giant will be facing two other American horses in the 1 1/8-mile Japan Cup Dirt in Tin Cup Chalice and Mast Track, who is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Thursday. The three Americans will be facing the defending titleholder, Vermilion, as well as the Peter Pan Stakes winner Casino Drive, who finished last in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Meanwhile, Marsh Side was transferred on Wednesday from the Shiroi Quarantine Center east of Tokyo to Tokyo Racecourse west of Tokyo to complete his preparations for the $5.4 million Japan Cup on Sunday.

"He's in good condition, and everything is going as planned," reported Neil Drysdale's assistant Derek Oldham. "He's put on a bit of weight since his last race" - a victory in the Canadian International - "and he's fit."