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Enable tries older males in King George

Enable, the winner of the English Oaks and Irish Oaks in recent starts, will be favored Saturday to become the third female in the last six years to win the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in England.

As of Thursday, Enable was 5-4 with British bookmakers to win the $1,508,340 race at 1 1/2 miles on turf. The winner receives a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 4.

Hong Kong season ends with almost 11 percent handle increase

Total betting during the 88-day Hong Kong racing season that ended Sunday was up 10.7 percent, in part because of a five-day increase in the number of race days, according to figures released by the Hong Kong Jockey Club on Sunday.

A surge of betting from foreign jurisdictions also contributed.

Enable, Harry Angel take Group I victories in Ireland, England

The 3-year-old filly Enable won her second consecutive Group 1 race in the $455,960 Irish Oaks at The Curragh in Ireland and Harry Angel won his first Group 1 in the $646,650 July Cup for sprinters at Newmarket, England, on Saturday.

Harry Angel (9-2) won the six-furlong July Cup by 1 1/4 lengths over 4-1 Limato, the winner of the 2016 July Cup. Caravaggio, the 10-11 favorite who had won his first six career starts, could finish only fourth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Harry Angel.

Hong Kong: Rapper Dragon named horse of the year

Hong Kong Jockey Club
The late Rapper Dragon, the first horse to sweep Hong Kong’s Triple Crown for 4-year-olds, was recognized as Hong Kong Horse of the Year.

The late Rapper Dragon was recognized as the Horse of the Year in Hong Kong for the 2016-17 season in a ceremony on Friday night.

Rapper Dragon became the first horse to sweep Hong Kong’s Triple Crown for 4-year-olds run from January to March, known as the Classic Series.

Rapper Dragon won 4 of 6 starts before suffering a fatal injury in the Group 1 Champions Mile in April. In the Classic Series, Rapper Dragon won the Hong Kong Classic Mile in January, Hong Kong Classic Cup at 1 1/8 miles in February, and the BMW Hong Kong Derby at 1 1/4 miles in March.

Roly Poly notches first Group 1 victory with Falmouth Stakes

Roly Poly got away from stablemate Winter and got her first Group 1 victory when she led nearly all the way Friday at Newmarket in the Falmouth Stakes.

Under Ryan Moore, Roly Poly quickly beat a path to the rail, assumed early command, and never was threatened, coming home 1 1/4 lengths clear of Wuheida, who ran well making her first start since Oct. 2 for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby. Wuheida was a half-length clear of Arabian Queen as 3-year-olds swept the top five placings in a one-mile race open to fillies and mares age 3 and older.

Hong Kong: Sha Tin season finale could serve as a preview

Hong Kong Jockey Club
Rapidly improving Beat the Clock has the potential to develop into a stakes runner next season in Hong Kong.

Sunday’s final program of the Hong Kong season at Sha Tin Racecourse is equally a preview of the 2017-18 season that begins in early September.

The top race on Sunday’s 11-race card is the $320,180 Sha Tin Mile Trophy at 1 1/8 miles on turf, a race that includes the rapidly-improving Beat the Clock.

Caravaggio short price in July Cup at Newmarket

The unbeaten Caravaggio will be favored to win his debut against older horses in Saturday’s Group 1 July Cup at six furlongs on turf at Newmarket Racecourse in England.

From a betting perspective, Caravaggio is a standout. As of Thursday, the colt was about even-money with bookmakers to beat nine rivals and win for the seventh time.

Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, July 16, 2017

SHA TIN SELECTIONS

(Sunday, July 16, 2017)

 

RACE 1: #2 Kwaichung Brothers, #11 Starry Starlies, #7 Happy Gains, #10 Furious Pegasus

RACE 2: #2 Best Tango, #9 Lightning And Gold, #3 Je Pense, #11 High Speed Metro

RACE 3: #5 Our Folks, #6 Phantom Falcon, #3 Multimax, #2 Mordicus

RACE 4: #7 Spring Win, #1 Smart Boy, #2 Noble De Boy, #10 The Full Bloom

Roly Poly looks for rebound in Falmouth

Friday’s Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket is a one-mile race open to fillies and mares age 3 and up, but the older set is little more than an afterthought this year. Five of the seven Falmouth entrants are 3-year-olds, and all get a nine-pound weight break from the two older horses entered, longshots Greta G and Opal Tiara.

Hong Kong selections for Wednesday, July 12

Brett Davis - Selections

R1 - 2-1-3-4
R2 - 3-9-2-7
R3 - 6-3-7-1
R4 - 8-4-10-7
R5 - 2-10-8-4
R6 - 2-7-1-8
R7 - 2-5-10-3
R8 - 11-3-6-4

Best - R5 n2 Beauty Master
Longshot - R1 n2 Silver Spun
Best Play - R1 Q/QP 1,2,3

Paul Lally:

R1 1-9-4-3
R2 3-1-11-7
R3 6-3-1-4
R4 8-12-4-9
R5 10-2-4-3
R6 7-1-2-11
R7 5-1-2-3
R8 3-2-7-6

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