Huge Hong Kong entry

Starcraft and Ouija Board head a lengthy list of British nominations for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on December 11.

Starcraft and Ouija Board head a lengthy list of British nominations for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on December 11.

The pair, trained by Luca Cumani and Ed Dunlop respectively, have been nominated for the 10-furlong Hong Kong Cup – a race which could also feature Prix de l’Opera winner Kinnaird and another Cumani horse, Alkaased.

Bago, winner of last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and third this season, is also entered along with Irish filly Alexander Goldrun and Aidan O’Brien’s Arlington Million winner Powerscourt.

Michael Jarvis has nominated Rakti for the race but both he and Starcraft are also engaged in the Hong Kong Mile along with Dunlop’s recent Group One winner Court Masterpiece.

Andrew Balding’s Vanderlin, who has been running well in Canada and America this season, could face a rematch with Bobby Frankel’s Lesroidesanimaux, winner of last month’s Atto Mile at Woodbine.

Both Bago and Ouija Board have also been nominated for the 12-furlong Hong Kong Vase, a race which could feature the Arc second and top stayer Westerner from France.

Alkaased is also in the contest as is Brian Ellison’s Carte Diamond, dual Coronation Cup winner Warrsan and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now from Graham Motion’s yard.

Makybe Diva, who is set to bid for a third successive Melbourne Cup win next month, could represent Lee Freedman while Punctilious heads a strong Godolphin contingent.

Local hero Silent Witness tops the list of Hong Kong Sprint nominees and he will be aiming for a third consecutive victory in the five-furlong event.

British representatives could include Prix de l’Abbaye winner Avonbridge and Nunthorpe Stakes heroine La Cucaracha, while Golden Jubilee Stakes victor Cape Of Good Hope would be another well-fancied local runner.

Supplementary entries close on November 22 and selections for the four races will be announced a day later.

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