An eight-time G1 winner, Beauty Generation could reoppose last year’s winner Admire Mars, a three-time G1 winner including last year’s NHK Mile Cup. This year’s NHK Mile Cup winner Lauda Sion also features, as does young gun Salios, winner of the G1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes and two-time G1 runner-up to Contrail.
Japan’s contingent also features Danon Fantasy, Indy Champ, Mozu Ascot and Persian Knight.
The European brigade features three-time G1 winner Circus Maximus, who holds an entry for Aidan O’Brien, as does Lope Y Fernandez, while French G1 winners Romanised and One Master, the latter a three-time winner of the Prix de la Foret, hold entries.
From Australia, G1 Australian Guineas winner Alligator Blood holds an entry, as does three-time G1 winner Fierce Impact, as well, Chris Waller’s army features heavily with Funstar, Humidor, Kolding, Mister Sea Wolf, Olmedo and Yulong Prince all holding dual entries, while Imaging holds only a pass into the Mile.
LONGINES Hong Kong Vase
Exultant rallied to defeat the top-class Lys Gracieux in 2018 before finishing a creditable third last year, but with two more G1’s under his belt, the FWD QEII Cup and Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup, Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year returns as good as ever in his bid to recapture his LONGINES Hong Kong Vase crown.
His task could pit him against six-time G1 winner Verry Elleegant. Chris Waller’s bonny mare snared the G1 Caulfield Cup on her latest start against a cracking field of 18 internationally accredited stayers. The gallant Caulfield Cup runner-up Anthony Van Dyck, who galloped to Derby glory for Ballydoyle at Epsom in 2019, is also engaged.
Dermot Weld, who tasted Hong Kong success in 1991 when Additional Risk won the Hong Kong Invitation Bowl (the forerunner of the Hong Kong Mile), has crack filly Tarnawa entered for the Vase. The four-year-old won back-to-back G1 contests at Longchamp, namely the Prix Vermeille over 2400m and the Prix de l’Opera over 2000m. She also holds an option for the Hong Kong Cup.
In Swoop, this year’s G1 German Derby winner and second in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe holds an entry.
A sole entry from Germany comes in the form of Quest The Moon, a dual G1 placegetter who also holds an option for the Hong Kong Cup.
LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint
Champion sprinter Beat The Clock heads the Hong Kong nominations, along with the three-time G1 placed Hot King Prawn as well as 1000m Sha Tin track record holder, Aethero, but the home team is about to be strengthened considerably by the arrival of a new recruit.
Classique Legend has had this race as his prime target since his impressive win in The Everest at Royal Randwick when beating off a classy field of sprinters which featured seven individual Group 1 winners. The five-year-old brings world-class sprinting ability to his new base and will arrive in Hong Kong in November to be trained by Caspar Fownes.
Australian speedster Nature Strip, a sharp four-time G1 winner, is the sole entrant from Down Under, while this year’s G1 July Cup winner Oxted is entered, along with G1 British Champions Sprint Stakes winner Glen Shiel and Equilateral, who finished second to the exceptional Battaash in this year’s G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Top-class Japanese sprinters A Will A Way, Curren Moe, Danon Smash, Diatonic, Tower Of London and last year’s G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen winner Mr Melody all hold entries.
North American interests lie with Oleksandra, winner of the G1 Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park as well as the Wesley Ward-trained Four Wheel Drive, winner of the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
Singapore has one entry for the Hong Kong Sprint with speedster Inferno, who recently captured the SIN G1 Lion City Cup, holding a nomination.