Alexander strikes for gold in Hong Kong

Alexander Goldrun looked in great shape as she completed her preparation for her big test against Rakti and company in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin tomorrow.

Alexander Goldrun looked in great shape as she completed her preparation for her big test against Rakti and company in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin tomorrow.

The Irish filly had a light canter on the all-weather track this morning under big-race jockey Kevin Manning.

Afterwards her trainer, Jim Bolger, said: “All her prep has gone well. All we can do now is keep our fingers crossed for tomorrow.

“The thing that makes this filly good is her battling powers, she really sticks her head down and fights, so anything that gets past her has to be significantly better than her.

“If all goes to plan tomorrow I am very hopeful that she will stay in training next year.”

Rakti did not come out onto the track this morning and he stayed in the trotting ring but he appears to have settled down after getting “buzzed up” earlier in the week.

“He’s fit and able, it’s only his mind we have to worry about now,” his trainer Michael Jarvis said.

Warrsan, who runs in the Vase, had a breeze over five furlongs on the grass behind his stable companion Var (Sprint) and Clive Brittain said: “That will have put them just right. That’s all they need. Roll on tomorrow.”

Mick Channon runs Imperial Dancer in the Vase but the six-year-old’s build-up to the race has not been smooth.

“The horse has never taken a wrong step in his life but he managed to bang the inside of his hock on the way over which has not been a help,” explained Channon.

“But he is perfectly sound and he’ll take his chance. It’s his last run before he retires to stud in England.”

Last year’s St Leger winner Brian Boru has impressed in his appearance this week and Aidan O’Brien’s Vase candidate stretched his legs on the turf.

Head lad Pat Keating said: “He has bloomed since he’s been here. He looks great, especially when you think he’s had a long season.”

German horse Senex has been withdrawn from the Vase suffering from travel sickness.

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