Big two on course for Hong Kong

Falbrav and Rakti remain on course for a titanic clash in the Hong Kong Cup after featuring among a total of 37 horses from overseas selected to contest the International races at Sha Tin on December 14.

Falbrav and Rakti remain on course for a titanic clash in the Hong Kong Cup after featuring among a total of 37 horses from overseas selected to contest the International races at Sha Tin on December 14.

Falbrav has excelled this season under Luca Cumani, winning four times at the top level, while the Michael Jarvis-trained Rakti showed himself to be no slouch when he returned from a layoff to take the Emirates Champion Stakes in impressive fashion.

The home defence for what is the richest race in the world over 10 furlongs on turf, is headed by Precision, a shock 64-1 winner last season.

Andrew Balding’s much-improved Passing Glance has been invited to the Mile, where he will face stiff competition from the likes of Nebraska Tornado, Lohengrin, Admire Max and Telegnosis.

There are six individual Group One winners among the 10 foreign horses chosen for the Vase, including Clive Brittain’s Warrsan and the Mick Channon’s Imperial Dancer.

American ace Johar, who dead-heated with High Chaparral in the Breeder’s Cup Turf with Falbrav a head away in third, has also been invited, as has last year’s winner Ange Gabriel and crack Australian gelding Fields Of Omagh.

Four British horses – The Tatling, Acclamation, Deportivo and The Trader - have been offered invites to the Sprint.

“This year we have attracted our most internationally diverse bunch of top-class horses,” said Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s executive director of racing.

“Spanning the globe, we have invited horses – quite a few of them Classic winners – from both hemispheres and from East and West.

“The Hong Kong International meeting is unique in how it continues as a meeting point for the very best in international racing.”

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