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Salouen on song for Hong Kong

6 Dec 2018

It’s wonderful to be over in Hong Kong and I’m really looking forward to the weekend’s racing. I’ve got some good rides to look forward to – four in total. First I ride local horse Master Albert for Chris So, I’ve got a good draw in 1. He’s kind of reached the top of his rating now but the handicapper has given him a little bit of a chance recently so hopefully he can be competitive.

I’ve got Gold Mount in the Hong Kong Cup. He’s drawn in 5  and he’ll need  some luck in running because he tends to get back in his races and then run on as he’s a hold up horse. I’m very much looking forward to him and it’s great to pick up another ride for Mr Pan Sutong.

In the Hong Kong Vase I’ve get to partner up with Saluoen. This has definitely been his target since his good run to finish 6th in the Arc. He’s in very good form, he galloped nicely at Kempton before heading out here and I’m happy with him. It would be fantastic for a good supporter of mine in Sylvester Kirk if we could get the job done on a big stage like Sha Tin. .

I also sat on Andrew Balding’s Beat The Bank who takes his chance in the G1 Hong Kong Mile. I sat on him this morning, he did quarter mile sectionals of  32 seconds, 30 seconds, and then ran home in 22 seconds and change on the turf over 1200 metres. I’m very happy with him pleased enough with being drawn in 5. Obviously Beauty Generation will be a hard competitor to beat but we go with every hope of doing just that.

In the Hong Kong Sprint I don’t have a ride, but I think Hot King Prawn has a very good chance although D B Pin is well drawn in 2 and I would love to see my good friend Sam Clipperton get a winner on the big day. It is the biggest day for racing in Hong Kong and I’m delighted to have so many good rides.

I go to Japan on Monday, I met with my interpreter and everything is booked and sorted out, so that will be a new challenge. I’m very excited and really can’t wait, it’s been my dream for 5 years to get to Japan and now that I have the opportunity I want to grasp it with both hands.