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Nine Horses Represent U.S. in Hong Kong

Most of the nine-horse American contingent for the Dec. 17 Hong Kong International Races have settled into Sha Tin Racecourse after traveling this week. Sprinters Big Jag and Morluc were the first to arrive on Monday, with the Christophe Clement trainees, Craigsteel, Charge d'Affaires, and Forbidden Apple scheduled in on Friday afternoon.

French Deputy Going to Japan

French Deputy, an 8-year-old son of Deputy Minister, has been sold to Shadai Corp. of Hokkaido, Japan, according to Robert Clay, syndicate manager and owner of Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The purchase price was not disclosed, and the deal is subject to a veterinary examination and blood testing. No travel plans have been announced for the stallion, yet.

Nureyev Filly Tops Tattersalls' First Session

The Tattersalls December Mares Sale, Europe's leading breeding stock sale, got underway at Park Paddocks in Newmarket, England on Monday. The sales company reported the average was up 5% to 33,502 guineas on the corresponding day last year and the median rose 11% to 21,000 guineas, with the day's trade grossing 6,398,900 guineas.

Wing Arrow Takes Japan Cup Dirt; Lord Sterling Third

Former American claimer Lord Sterling gave his connections a thrill as he battled for the lead on the turn for home in the first running of the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Race Course on Saturday, but Ron and Susie Anson's gutty Black Tie Affair gelding was overtaken in midstretch by a pair of Japanese runners, winding up third behind Wing Arrow and Sanford City in the 1 5/16-mile event.

Americans Stretch Legs for Japan Cup Dirt and Turf Races

American runners John's Call, Timboroa, Euchre, and Lord Sterling had their first serious exercise at Tokyo race course on Thursday in preparation for the Japan Racing Association's two major group I international races: the inaugural $2.4 million Japan Cup Dirt at 1 5/16 miles on Saturday and the $4.4 million Japan Cup run at a mile and a half over the turf on Sunday.

Namid Wins Prix de l'Abbaye; Superstar Leo Second

Namid pushed past Superstar Leo and into the lead with just over a furlong to run to win the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp-Majestic Barriere (Fr-I) by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Longchamp. The 4-year-old colt completed the five furlongs in :55.10 over good turf. Superstar Leo, a 2-year-old filly owned by Lael Stable, finished second.

Sinndar Wins l'Arc de Triomphe; Montjeu Fourth

The Aga Khan's homebred 3-year-old Sinndar upset defending champion Montjeu, winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triompe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Longchamp. 3-year-olds filled the top three finishing positions, with a pair of sophomore fillies, Egyptband and Volvoreta, finishing second and third, respectively.

Giant's Causeway, Crimplene To Meet in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Giant's Causeway and Best of the Bests, the respective first- and third-place finishers in the Esat Digifone Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) earlier this month, will meet again on Saturday in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, England. Crimplene, a multiple group I winning filly, and Indian Lodge are also being pointed to the one-mile race, according to Sporting Life.

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