On Sunday, 11 September, the Hong Kong Jockey Club will simulcast for betting the Korea Sprint from Seoul Racecourse during the afternoon Sha Tin race meeting, and the Prix Vermeille and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp from France later that evening.
Korea Sprint (3:25pm)
The Korean Racing Authority in recent years has shown great ambition to develop its horseracing internationally. Earlier this year, the IFHA announced that six Korean races would be promoted into Part II of the International Cataloguing Standards Book, the official guide to global black type races. For the first time in history, Korean horses will compete on their home soil against overseas raiders from Hong Kong, UAE and Europe in the KRA Korea Autumn Racing Carnival.
The Korea Sprint (KOR G1, 1200m, Sand, for 3yo+), formerly known as the Asia Challenge Cup, is opened to world-wide competitors for the first time. A maximum field of 16 is set to compete for the total prize of KRW 700 million. Hong Kong will pin its hopes on Super Jockey (Tony Millard) who impressed in a barrier trial ahead of his big race assignment.
Final declarations with barrier draws for the Korea Sprint will be available on Friday, 9 September.
Prix Vermeille (10:10pm) and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (10:50pm)
The Prix Vermeille and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp are to be run at Chantilly racecourse this year while construction work is carried out at Longchamp, their usual venue.
The Prix Vermeille (G1, 2400m, for 3yo+ fillies and mares) is the most important Arc trial for female horses and has been won in recent times by superstars like Zarvaka and Treve en-route to their famous Arc victories.
The Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1, 1600m, for 3yo+ excluding geldings) is one of Europe’s top mile contests whose top finishers are usually prominent in various end of season championships like British Champions Day, the Breeders’ Cup and the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races.
Final declarations with barrier draws for the French races will be available late evening on Friday, 9 September at the Jockey Club’s website.