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Hong Kong: Top jockeys go at it in Sai Kung Handicap

Jockey Joao Moreira is the runaway leader in the jockey standings on the Hong Kong circuit this year. Through Sunday, Moreira had 97 wins, well clear of second-place Zac Purton, who has 51 victories.

Moreira and Purton have mounts that will be a focus for bettors in Wednesday’s $225,489 Sai Kung Handicap for turf sprinters at Happy Valley Racecourse. The Sai Kung Handicap is run at five furlongs and is the fifth race on an eight-race program, which begins at 6:15 a.m Eastern.

Hong Kong Focus Video: February 15, 2017

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Hong Kong: Rapper Dragon captures Hong Kong Classic Cup

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Rapper Dragon is in position to sweep Hong Kong’s three-race series for 4-year-olds.

After winning the Hong Kong Classic Mile on Jan. 22, Rapper Dragon won the second leg, Sunday’s $1,288,560 Hong Kong Classic Cup at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Sha Tin Racecourse.

The third and final race of the series is the BMW Hong Kong Derby at 1 1/4 miles on March 19. No horse has ever won all three races.

Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

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Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

SHA TIN SELECTIONS

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017)

 

Brett Davis  - Selections

Race 1: 6-1-2-3

Race 2: 1-8-11-12

Race 3: 10-9-5-8

Race 4: 1-6-11-8

Race 5: 7-4-3-12

Race 6: 3-1-6-10

Race 7: 5-3-6-10

Race 8: 1-8-4-13

Race 9: 3-4-11-8

Meydan: Ertijaal, Championship set course records winning major stakes

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Meydan: Ertijaal, Championship set course records winning major stakes
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Ertijaal wins the Meydan Sprint, covering about five furlongs in 55.90 seconds under Jim Crowley.

Fast horses and a fast-playing grass course led to two track records Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

Final chance for Derby points in Japan

There’s a Kentucky Derby prep race Sunday – on the other side of the world.

The Hyacinth Stakes, over about one mile on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, is the second of two races in the so-called Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. The two-race sequence was introduced for this year by Churchill Downs to allow a Japan-based horse to qualify for the Kentucky Derby field, which is capped at 20 runners.

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Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

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SHA TIN SELECTIONS

(Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017)

 

RACE 1: #5 Giddy Giddy, #1 Consistent, #7 Highland Dragon, #3 Jimson The Famous

RACE 2: #8 Chung Wah Spirit, #11 Morethanlucky, #1 Momentum Lucky, #3 Top Laurels

RACE 3: #10 Packing Starcraft, #1 Penang Hall, #5 Destin, #14 Five Stars Agent

RACE 4: #9 Travel Comforts, #4 Mega Red, #6 Arizona Blizzard, #1 Most Beautiful

Hong Kong: Sea Jade keeps rolling with dead-heat win in Happy Valley Trophy

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Hong Kong: Sea Jade keeps rolling
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Sea Jade (left) and Blocker Dee (No. 8) dead-heat in the Happy Valley Handicap on Thursday.

The improving 3-year-old Sea Jade won his fifth start of the Hong Kong season on Thursday night at Happy Valley, dead-heating for the victory in the Happy Valley Trophy Handicap.

Sea Jade took the lead in upper stretch of the Happy Valley Trophy Handicap and held it to the very last jump, when a final surge from Blocker Dee produced a dead heat. The winning pair had a half-length on Lucky Year and Archippus in the 1,200-meter Class 1 handicap.

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