Main Sequence is in the running for North American Eclipse Award honours after storming to a fourth consecutive G1 win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (2400m) on Saturday, 1 November, and trainer Graham Motion has not ruled out the prospect of the five-year-old turning up at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races before year’s end.
The five-year-old, runner-up to Camelot in the G1 English Derby as a three-year-old before being revitalised in the US this season, holds nominations for the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) and the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, 14 December.
“We’ve been invited to Hong Kong, we’ve been invited to Japan (Japan Cup) and then there are nice races in Dubai in March, so there are lots of options,” said Motion.
“Japan comes a bit quick, so that’s a worry. Hong Kong is an option – my only apprehension is that this horse got quite sick when he came to me last winter and I’m just worried about shipping him a long way, but I’d say we’ll definitely consider it.”
Main Sequence was the first leg of a notable double for owner Flaxman Holdings Ltd. The second leg was completed when the Jonathan Pease-trained Karakontie powered to success in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. Champion two-year-old in France last year, the three-year-old colt secured classic glory in the spring with a win in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) and is nominated for the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile.
Trainer Jonathan Pease said: “I don’t know about the Hong Kong Mile. He’s had a long year and he may have done enough. We’ll see.”