Charlton hopes get wide draw in Hong Kong International

Roger Charlton was left rueing his luck after Bated Breath and Cityscape were both allotted wide draws at the Hong Kong International meeting.

Charlton hopes get wide draw in Hong Kong International

Roger Charlton was left rueing his luck after Bated Breath and Cityscape were both allotted wide draws at the Hong Kong International meeting.

The Khalid Abdullah pair will race from stall 12 of 14 in the Sprint and Mile respectively following the barrier draw for Sunday’s races at Sha Tin.

Charlton said of the luckless Bated Breath, who has finished second in the July Cup, Betfred Sprint Cup and Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine this season: “He was drawn wide in Canada (10 of 12), and nearly overcame that, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”

Cityscape has been a model of consistency since finishing third to Canford Cliffs and Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The five-year-old was short-headed by Dick Turpin in an Italian Group One on his penultimate start, and last time out picked up a Group Three at Saint-Cloud.

Charlton said: “I can’t believe it. Up first in both races and I draw 12 both times! What are the chances of that?”

Also representing British interests in the Sprint is James Fanshawe’s Society Rock.

The Golden Jubilee Stakes winner was drawn in two, and Fanshawe said: “I would rather be in gate two than out wide, so I have to be happy with that.”

Sole Power, beaten a head in third in a blanket finish for the Prix de l’Abbaye, is Ireland’s Sprint hope.

His trainer Eddie Lynam said: “It could have been a lot worse. He needs to settle and eight is a good spot for him to get cover.”

Richard Hannon’s dual 2000 Guineas runner-up Dubawi Gold is widest of all in 14 for the Mile, with Rod Collet’s Sun Chariot heroine Sahpresa in eight.

Freddie Head’s Rajsaman, third to Excelebration in the Prix de Moulin and fourth in the Mile 12 months ago, will race from stall four.

Head said: “Rajsaman is fresh and he has improved every day since his arrival. I know him more now than last year when he had just joined our yard. I think he’s in the same condition, if not better this time.”

Charlie Hills has last year’s runner-up Redwood in the Vase (12) and Ransom Note in the Cup (four).

The Newmarket trainer said: “Ransom Note will love the ground and has a good temperament. Redwood just loves the sight of a horsebox taking him on foreign travels. He’s been working really well, ran a cracker in this race last year and if you look at his form at the Dubai Sheema Classic when second to Rewilding, he must have a chance.”

Ed Dunlop suffered a blow when forced to rule Snow Fairy out of the Vase through injury, but can still call on Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux, the mount of Ryan Moore.

Dunlop’s five-year-old has been given stall seven, and his trainer said after watching his gelding on the track this morning: “This is my first morning in Hong Kong watching his trackwork and I’m pleased with what I see.

“I think he could surprise a few on Sunday but he’ll need luck in running - they always do.”

Excelebration’s former trainer Marco Botti saddles his first Hong Kong runner in the shape of former Italian runner Jakkalberry, drawn 13 in the Vase.

Botti said: “This is his first run for me and this is my first visit to Hong Kong – which I am enjoying very much.

“Jakkalberry has travelled very well and is working well. He is a regular international traveller so that’s what you would expect. He’s settled well here and we hope he will be ready to show his best on Sunday.”

Qipco Champion Stakes winner Cirrus Des Aigles was drawn two in the Cup.

His trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said: “I asked her co-owner Jean-Claude Dupouy to draw himself because he’s a lucky man. Two years ago, Jean-Jacques (Poincelet, assistant trainer) got number 12 while last year, I got the 13 draw!

“We have a much better start here as there are only 10 runners and we got a good draw with the stall number two.”

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