Pride was the market mover in the Hong Kong Cup after jockey Christophe Lemaire gave the mare a glowing appraisal following morning trackwork at Sha Tin.
Coral cut the Champion Stakes winner to 7-4 from 9-4, while Stan James are the same price (from 15-8) on the back of a confident prediction by Lemaire that only a false pace can prevent the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained globetrotter ending her career on the crest of a wave.
“We look to be in for a tactical race which is my only concern,” said Lemaire. “But on the basis of the form she produced in the Arc and the Champion Stakes, she is the best horse in the race and should win.”
Lemaire believes the mile and a quarter Cup distance is an optimum for Pride and added: “If she’s fresh and the pace is slow she can be a bit keen but she has good speed to get a position and has a great turn of foot.
“Her form against Hurricane Run in three meetings this year suggests she is travelling on an upward curve.
“She nosed him out of the Grand Prix Saint-Cloud, beat him further in the Arc and even further still in the Champion.”
Pride drew stall nine of 12 in the Group One heat, which carries a total purse of HK 20million (€1.9m).
Jim Bolger was content with Alexander Goldrun’s post of 10 and hinted his five-year-old, winner of this race in 2004, might race on next year if regaining her crown under Kevin Manning.
Bolger said: “She worked well this morning and we’re happy with her. The owner thinks this is her last race but I’m sure I could change his mind if she happened to win.”