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Hong Kong selections for Sunday, March 26, 2017

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Hong Kong selections for Sunday, March 26, 2017

SHA TIN SELECTIONS

(Sunday, March 26, 2017)

 

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Brett Davis - Selections

Race 1: - 1-7-8-5

Race 2: 14-2-4-12

Race 3: 11-12-1-2

Race 4: 12-3-1-6

Race 5: 5-7-6-11

Jack Hobbs relishes soft turf in Sheema Classic

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Jack Hobbs relishes soft turf in Sheema Classic
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William Buick reacts after Jack Hobbs wins the $6 million Sheema Classic.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Jack Hobbs’s 4-year-old season began last April with a cracked pelvis suffered in the running of the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. His 5-year-old campaign got off to a much more auspicious beginning Saturday night at Meydan Racecourse, where Jack Hobbs decisively won the Group 1, $6 million Sheema Classic.

Arrogate simply breathtaking in last-to-first Dubai World Cup victory

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Arrogate, under Mike Smith, overcomes a horrendous start in which he spotted the field some 10 lengths to win the Dubai World Cup by daylight.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – All week in Dubai, the outcome of the $10 million World Cup felt preordained: The great horse Arrogate could not lose.

Then the starting gate clanged open, and there was no way Arrogate could win.

Vivlos beats males in Dubai Turf

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Vivlos defeats Heshem by half a length in the Dubai Turf.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – They call Joao Moreira “The Magic Man” at his home base in Hong Kong, and on Saturday night, Moreira made a Japanese mare named Vivlos appear out of thin air to win the $6 million Dubai Turf.

Mind Your Biscuits clearly best in Dubai Golden Shaheen

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Joel Rosario guides Mind Your Biscuits to a three-length win in the Golden Shaheen.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Trainer Chad Summers wants Mind Your Biscuits to prove he can run a route of ground at some point this year. But for all intents and purposes, he already has.

At least six paths wide into the turn and losing precious ground all the way around the bend, Mind Your Biscuits stormed to the lead with a little more than 100 meters left to run and won the Group 1, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen by three lengths, going away. The colt ran much farther than everyone else in the six-furlong Shaheen – and was much, much better than them.

Thunder Snow narrowly beats Epicharis in fast UAE Derby

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Thunder Snow (left) outfights Epicharis to the wire to win the United Arab Emirates Derby by a nose.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Thunder Snow was a very good horse racing on the European turf last year, and he is doing pretty well so far on dirt.

After winning the UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan Racecourse in his dirt debut, Thunder Snow ran out a dead-game nose winner over the Japanese colt Epicharis on Saturday in the Group 1, $2 million UAE Derby.

The Right Man by a nose in Al Quoz Sprint

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The Right Man, with Francois Xavier-Bertras aboard, wins the Al Quoz Sprint by a nose over Long On Value.

The Right Man, a 20-1 outsider, had the right trip in Saturday’s Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on turf at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

The American shipper Long On Value was not as fortunate and nearly won the race despite a troubled trip early in the $1 million race on a straightaway course.

The Right Man, who finished 11th in a Group 1 sprint in France last August, held off a determined rally from Long On Value to win by a nose. Ridden by regular rider Francois Xavier-Bertras, The Right Man ran about six furlongs on a yielding turf course in 1:09.59.

Vazirabad repeats in Dubai Gold Cup

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Vazirabad, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, wins the Dubai Gold Cup by a neck over Beautiful Romance.

The French stayer Vazirabad is very much at home in the Dubai desert.

For the second consecutive year, Vazirabad won the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on Saturday on the undercard of the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, Vazirabad closed from about ninth in the final three furlongs to win by a neck over the 5-year-old mare Beautiful Romance.  Vazirabad ran about two miles on a yielding turf course in 3:14.76.

Japan: Red Falx looks to rebound in Takamatsunomiya Kinen

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Japan: Red Falx looks to rebound in Takamatsunomiya Kinen
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Red Falx will make his 2017 debut Sunday in the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Red Falx was in peak form in Japan last year, winning three consecutive starts from June to October, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 1 Sprinters’ Stakes in the fall.

The successful run ended with a 12th-place finish in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin Racecourse in December.

More than three months later, Red Falx will have his 2017 debut in Sunday’s Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at six furlongs on turf at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan. The $1.733 million Takamatsunomiya Kinen drew a full field of 18.

Sharp Azteca could face challenge in Godolphin Mile

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Sharp Azteca in 4 for 4 in one-turn miles, including this win in the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Sharp Azteca has traveled to Dubai from North America to start as the favorite in the Group 2, $1 million Godolphin Mile, and to win, he must find a way to beat a horse named North America.

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