Antonius Pius Gets Outside Post in Hong Kong Mile

Irish jockey Jamie Spencer will have multiple views of Sha Tin Racecourse Dec. 12 during the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. He will guide Powerscourt from the inside, breaking from barrier one in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), Brian Boru from barrier four in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I), and Antonius Pius from the far outside barrier 14 in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).

"We'll just take the race as it comes," Spencer said of Antonius Pius' outside post. "Ideally, we'd like to have been in the five, six, or seven for the best options."

A son of Danzig, Antonius Pius is trained by Aidan O'Brien and is owned by Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor.

Antonius Pius enters the Hong Kong Mile after finishing second to Singletary in the Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Antonius Pius looked to have the race in hand but drifted to the left in the final furlong and was outrun by Singletary.

The field for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) includes:
1 -- Telegnosis (N. Yokoyama)
2 -- Valentino (I. Mendizabal)
3 -- Firebreak (Frankie Dettori)
4 -- Oriental Magic (G. Mosse)
5 -- Perfect Partner (Felix Coetzee)
6 -- Scintillation (Olivier Peslier)
7 -- Martillo (W. Mongil)
8 -- Meridian Star (Damien Oliver)
9 -- Grand Zulu (Douglas Whyte)
10 -- Durandal (K. Ikezoe)
11 -- Eagle Rise (Andreas Suborics)
12 -- The Duke (R. Fradd)
13 -- Figures (Mick Kinane)
14 -- Antonius Pius (Jamie Spencer)

The field for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) includes:
1 -- Beethoven (G. Mosse)
2 -- Imperial Dancer (T. Durcan)
3 -- Warrsan (S. Sanders)
4 -- Brian Borou (Jamie Spencer)
5 -- Phoenix Reach (M. Dwyer)
6 -- Sweet Stream (T. Gillet)
7 -- Sights on Gold (Frankie Dettori)
8 -- Senex (W. Mongil)
9 -- Super Kid (Douglas Whyte)
10 -- Roosevelt (Mick Kinane)
11 -- Vallee Enchantee (Olivier Peslier)
12 -- Simonas (Kieren Fallon)
13 -- Polish Summer (Christophe Soumillon)