International

Ertijaal tops small, competitive field in Meydan Sprint

They’re not waiting around to shoot the fireworks Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, where the highlight of a seven-race card is the program opener, the Group 2, $175,000 Meydan Sprint.

Only six are entered, but the 1,000-meter (about five furlongs) straight-course turf sprint still presents a compelling matchup between Ertijaal and Blue Point, with Hit the Bid also in with a chance.

Later on the program come the Group 3, $200,000 Dubai Millennium Stakes over 2,000 meters on turf  and the Group 2, $250,000 Zabeel Mile at 1,600 meters on turf.

Hong Kong selections for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Hong Kong selections: 2/21

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS

(Wednesday, February 21)

 

Brett Davis
Race 1: 2-4-5-1
Race 2: 2-1-5-3
Race 3: 2-11-12-3
Race 4: 7-8-1-2
Race 5: 9-5-1-10
Race 6: 5-2-1-4
Race 7: 4-11-12-6
Race 8: 4-2-3-7
Race 9: 10-9-5-2
Best - Race 5: #9 Enjoy Life  
Longshot - Race 7: #12 Sangria
Best Play - Race 3: Quin 2/11,12

Seven French Group 1 races increase purses

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Seven French Group 1 races increase purses

The purses of seven Group 1 Thoroughbred races in France have been raised for 2018, according to a statement released earlier this year by the country’s organizing body, France-Galop.

The Prix Jacques le Marois-Haras de Fresnay le Buffard for turf milers at Deauville on Aug. 12 will be worth approximately $1.24 million, or 1 million euros, an increase from a purse of 700,000 euros last year. This is the first time the race has been worth seven figures.

Winner's Way looks to turn things in Shan Kwong

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Winner's Way looks to turn things in Shan Kwong

Group-level stakes have been too difficult in recent starts for Hong Kong veterans Packing Dragon, Sichuan Dar and Winner’s Way. A retreat to a lesser race – Wednesday’s $319,629 Shan Kwong Handicap at Happy Valley Racecourse – could put one of them back in the winner’s circle.

The Shan Kwong Handicap is run at about a mile on turf and is the second of nine races on a Happy Valley program that begins at 5:45 a.m., Eastern.

Nonkono Yume earns BC Classic berth; Sumahama wins Kentucky Derby berth

Nonkono Yume earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November, and Sumahama earned a place in the Kentucky Derby on May 5 with their stakes wins at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan on Sunday.

Nonkono Yume (9-1) won the Group 1 February Stakes at a mile for his fifth stakes win. The $2,031,984 February Stakes is the first race in the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth for the BC Classic to the winner.

Singapore Sling wins Hong Kong Classic Cup

Hong Kong Jockey Club
Singapore Sling (left) wins the Hong Kong Classic Cup by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Sha Tin Racecourse.

There will be no sweep of the 4-year-old Classic Series this year in Hong Kong.

Singapore Sling got a perfect trip under Chad Schofield and won the $1.278 million Hong Kong Classic Cup, the second leg of the series, by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Sha Tin. Singapore Sling had finished second in the first leg, the Hong Kong Classic Mile, while that race’s winner, Nothingilikemore, blew the break Sunday, raced last for much of the trip, and could only finish fourth.

Sunday's Tokyo program could yield Derby, Breeders' Cup runners

From older horses in the Grade 1 February Stakes to 3-year-olds in the Hyacinth Stakes, Sunday’s program at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan could have ramifications for the biggest races in the United States this year.

The winner of the $2,031,984 February Stakes at a mile will receive an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3. The $321,730 Hyacinth Stakes is the third and final race in the Japan qualifying division for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5.

Nothingilikemore looks solid in Hong Kong Classic Cup

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Nothingilikemore solid in Hong Kong Classic Cup

The ill-fated Rapper Dragon became the first horse to sweep the Hong Kong Classic Series for 4-year-olds when he swept through the Hong Kong Classic Mile, the Hong Kong Classic Cup, and the Hong Kong Derby in 2017 before meeting a tragic end last summer.

At Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, Nothingilikemore figures to be heavily favored to add the Hong Kong Classic Cup to his win in the Hong Kong Classic Mile.

Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, February 18, 2018

SHA TIN SELECTIONS

(Sunday, February 18, 2018)

 

:: Hong Kong: Free PPs, picks, and analysis

 

RACE 1: #5 Ever Strong, #3 Newswire Free, #2 Kwaichung Brothers, #4 Winning Controller

RACE 2: #1 Avellino, #4 Brilliant Dream, #13 Vital Spring, #3 Super Eighteen

RACE 3: #1 Let Us Win, #6 Such A Happiness, #11 Ever Laugh, #8 Electric Lightning

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