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Man On The Spot previews the feature races on the Longines Hong Kong Cup card from Sha Tin.
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06.00 Longines Hong Kong Vase
Neither Red Cadeaux nor DUNADEN were done any favours by the draw in last month's Melbourne Cup but Mikel Delzangles' entire has fared better here as he bids to win this Group 1 for the second year in succession.
He should again get the better of last year's third Red Cadeaux and looks the one to beat despite only finishing second to Sea Moon, who also has a nice draw, in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
The only three-year-old in the race, Bayrir, could go well and has the beating of Meandre on their run together in the Arc but Sea Moon's fellow English raiders Joshua Tree, Dandino and Dancing Rain may all be found wanting.
06.40 Longines Hong Kong Sprint
Lucky Nine won the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint here three weeks ago, beating Time After Time, Admiration, Cerise Cherry, Flying Blue, Super Easy, Leading City and Captain Sweet. But he'd earlier only managed fifth behind Takayuki Yasuda's improving four-year-old Lord Kanaloa at Nakayama and the Japanese raider is fancied to come out on top again today.
SEA SIREN should be tough to beat, however, as the Australian filly is a proven Group 1 performer and was arguably unlucky to lose her unbeaten record over this trip when second at Flemington last month.
07.50 Longines Hong Kong Mile
The Europeans hold a strong hand in this with Tom Hogan's Gordon Lord Byron much improved since the summer. He was second in the Sprint Cup at Haydock before winning over 7f at Longchamp, though the further step up in distance is a bit of a worry.
Willie Haggas' Master Of Hounds did well on Turf in Dubai last winter and won in Turkey in September so is accustomed to globe-trotting but French challenger SIYOUMA has really found her stride and can complete the hat-trick after winning the Sun Chariot at Newmarket and the A P Taylor Stakes at Woodbine over an extra quarter-mile. Japan's Sadamu Patek is also worth a mention as she beat Grand Prix Boss at Kyoto last month while locals Glorious Days, Ambitious Dragon, Pure Champion, Xtension and Packing Ok are closely matched on the form book.
08.30 Longines Hong Kong Cup
Cirrus Des Aigles' absence has taken a little of the gloss of this as he would almost certainly have been a strong favourite but it gives the opportunity for others to shine. California Memory had a number of these on his heels when landing a Group 2 over C&D three weeks ago but that was a muddling race in which barely two lengths covered the first eight home and the form may not be that reliable.
Carlton House has his last race for Sir Michael Stoute and could figure, however, as he's back over his best trip while the eight-year-old Alcopop is in good form and won a decent contest at Flemington last month. GIOFRA has had a good season, her only disappointment coming when favourite on quicker ground at Deauville in August. A repeat of her latest third in the Prix de L'Opera may well suffice here though German challenger Feuerblitz is also feared and Saonois could go close granted luck in-running.