Falbrav, Johar Slated to Star in Hong Kong
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Falbrav, set to display his talents in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has announced their selected horses for the Hong Kong International Races. Offering approximately $7.28 million (U.S.) in purses, the four-race series will take place at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, Dec. 14.

The star of the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) will be the globe-trotting Falbrav, a seven-time group I winner who will be making his final start. He'll likely face Ratki, winner of the Emirates Airlines Champion Stakes (Eng-I). Local hope Precision, will be back to defend his title.

In the Hong Kong Vase (HK-I), Johar, winner of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) in a dead-heat with High Chaparral, figures to draw plenty of attention. Facing Johar will be Australian Fields of Omagh, winner of the Cox's Plate (Aust-I).

Ange Gabriel, winner of the Vase last year, will be looking to make it two in a row.

Silent Witness, unbeaten in Hong Kong in seven starts, figures to be one of the stars of the five-furlong Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I). Facing Silent Witness will be Grand Delight, the reigning Horse of the Year in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), 2,000 meters, approx. $2.3 million, Sunday, Dec. 14
Horse, age, sex, wgt., trainer
Falbrav (IRE), 5, h, 126, L. Cumani
Rakti (GB), 4, c, 126, M. Jarvis
Denon (USA), 5, h, 126, R. Frankel
Eishin Preston (USA), 6, h, 126, S. Kitahashi
Paolini (GER), 6, h, 126, A. Wohler
Dano-Mast (GB), 7, h, 126, F. Poulsen
Hong Kong
Dr More (AUS), 6, g, 126, J. Size
Elegant Fashion (AUS), 5, m, 122, D.A. Hayes
Precision (FR), 5, g, 126, D. Oughton
Self Flit (NZ), 5, g, 126, I.W. Allan
Ana Marie (FR), 4, f, 122, P. Demercastel
Bright Sky (IRE), 4, f, 122, E. Lellouche
Tigertail (FR), 4, f, 122, R. Collet
Weightless (GB), 3, g, 123, P. Bary

Hong Kong Vase (HK-I), 2,400 meters,approx. $1.8 million, Sunday, Dec. 14
Horse, age, sex, wgt., trainer
Johar (USA), 4, c, 126, R. Mandella
Ange Gabriel (FR), 123, 5, h, E. Libaud
Fair Mix (IRE), 5, h, 126, M. Rolland
Indian Creek (GB), 5, h, 126, D. Elsworth
Polish Summer (GB), 6, h, 126, A. Fabre
Vallee Enchantee (IRE), 3, f, 117, E. Lellouche
Maktub (ITY), 4, c, 126, B. Grizzetti
Fields of Omagh (AUS), 6, g, 126, T. McEvoy
Imperial Dancer (GB), 5, h, 126, M. Channon
Warrsan (IRE), 5, h, 126, C. Brittain
Hong Kong
Bahamian Dancer (IRE), 3, c, 121, C.H. Yip
Diaghilev (IRE), 4, g, 126 J. Size
Industrial Success (IRE), 3, c, 121, C. H. Yip
River Dancer (IRE), 4, g, 126, J. Size
Red Pepper (GB), 6, g, 126, C. H. Yip
Roosevelt (IRE), 3, c, D. Oughton
Sir Nicholas (GB), 6, g, 126, C. H. Yip

Hong Kong Mile (HK-I), 1,600 meters, approx. $1.8 million, Sunday, Dec. 14
Horse, age, sex, wgt., trainer
Admire Max (JPN), 4, c, 126, M. Hashida
Lohengrin (JPN), 4, c, 126, M. Ito
Telegnosis (JPN), 4, c, 126, H. Sugiura
Special Kaldoun (IRE), 4, c, 126, D. Smaga
Firebreak (GB), 4, c, 126, S. bin Suroor
Mister Acpen (CHI), 5, h, 126, K. Mulhall
Sarafan (USA), 6, g, 126, N. Drysdale
Passing Glance (GB), 4, c, 126, A. Balding
Hong Kong
Citizen Kane (ARG), 7, h, 126, A.S. Cruz
Ecclesiastical (GB), 5, g, 126, I.W. Allan
Ho Choi (GB), 4, g, 126, I.W. Allan
Lucky Owners (NZ), 4, c, 126, A.S. Cruz
Meridian Star (AUS), 7, g, 126, D.A. Hayes
Olympic Express (GB), 5, g, 126, I.W. Allan
Ninetyfive Emperor (AUS), 4, g, 126, C. Leck

Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I), 1,000 meters, approx, $1.28 million, Sunday, Dec. 14
Horse, age, sex, wgt., trainer
Hong Kong
Acclamation (GB), 4, c, 126, L. Cottell
All Thrills Too (AUS), 6, g, 126, D.A. Hayes
Cape of Good Hope (GB), 5, g, 126, D. Oughton
Cheerful Fortune (NZ), 4, g, 126, T.W. Leung
Desert Eagle, 6, g, 126, J. Size
Firebolt (IRE), 5, g, 126, I.W. Allan
Grand Delight (AUS), 6, g, 126, J. Size
Silent Witness (AUS), 4, g, 126, A.S. Cruz
Volata (IRE), 5, g, 126, I.W. Allan
South Africa
National Currency (SAF), 4, c, 126, M. Azzie
Deportivo (GB), 3, c, 126, R. Charlton
The Tatling (IRE), 6, g, 126, J. Bradley
The Trader (IRE), 5, g, 126, M. Blanshard
Bomber Bill (AUS), 8, g, 126, R. Smerdon
Into The Night (AUS), 5, g, 126, K. Dryden
Dantana (AUS), 4, g, 126, R. Hore-Lacy

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