by expert Dick Powell
6 favorites won – 32%
12.84 average field size
$13.99 average win price
4 wins Vincent Ho 3 wins Francis Lui
2 wins Zac Purton 3 wins Doug Whyte
2 wins Tony Piccone 3 wins Jimmy Ting
2 wins Grant van Niekerek 2 wins Michael Chang
2 wins Sylvester de Sousa 2 wins Ricky Yiu
Hong Kong Jockey Club Meet In Review 9/01 – 01/11
332 races (one dead-heat)
98 favorites won – 29.52%
12.40 average field size
$19.444 average win price
56 wins Joao Moreira 33 wins Ricky Yiu
31 wins Zac Purton 27 wins Francis Lui
34 wins Karis Teetan 24 wins Danny Shum
28 wins Vincent Ho 23 wins Doug Whyte
22 wins Grant van Niekirk 18 wins Frankie Lor
14 wins Chad Schofield 18 Caspar Fownes
18 Tony Cruz
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Last year’s Melbourne Cup minor placegetter Prince Of Arran could still have work to do to make the field for this year’s $8 million race at Flemington this coming October.
Prince Of Arran formed part of an English-trained trifecta in the 2018 Melbourne Cup when he finished third behind Cross Counter and Marmelo.
All three are expected to return to Melbourne this spring but the Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran is not yet assured a Cup start after the release of weights earlier this week and the first order of entry on Thursday.
Prince Of Arran has 117lbs and is 48th in the Cup ballot order while his Caulfield Cup weight of 118lbs has him 52nd in the order of entry for that race.
The Melbourne Cup has a field limit of 24.
Prince Of Arran ran in the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield last spring before winning the Hotham Handicap (2500m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day which clinched him a ballot exemption into the Melbourne Cup three days later.
He could take that path again.
The Anthony Freedman-trained Steel Prince heads the Melbourne Cup order of entry having secured a ballot exemption with his win in The Andrew Ramsden in May.
Japanese mare Lys Gracieux, whose connections have accepted an invitation from the Moonee Valley Racing Club to contest this year’s Cox Plate, is second in the Melbourne Cup order of entry just ahead of Kew Gardens who heads the weights with 58kg.
Defending champion Cross Counter (57.5kg) is fourth in the ballot while last year’s runner-up Marmelo (56kg) is sixth.
Constantinople and Mustajeer head TAB fixed odds’ current Melbourne Cup market at $15 and that pair sit 12th and 16th in the ballot, respectively.
Homesman and Self Sense head the order of entry for the $5 million Caulfield Cup having both secured ballot exemptions.
Japanese horse Mer De Glace, one of four current equal favourites for the Caulfield Cup at $15, is 18th in the ballot for that 1 1⁄2 m handicap.
The other Caulfield Cup equal favourites are Mustajeer (15th), Yucatan (24th) and Mr Quickie (26th).
Yucatan and Mr Quickie both run first-up on Saturday in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington which carries a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner.
Source: Sky Racing World
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Trainer Chris Waller will send out four runners in the first Group One race of the season named for his stable’s retired champion Winx.
The Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick was formerly the Group Two Warwick Stakes and was first run at Group One level last year when Winx won for the third time.
Saturday’s race has attracted 14 entries including the Waller-trained Unforgotten, Youngstar, King’s Will Dream and Verry Elleegant.
The first three all galloped between races at Randwick on Saturday while Verry Elleegant will have a strong hit-out on Tuesday morning after staying home as a precaution after she pulled off a shoe.
Waller is happy with all four and was pleased with the race day gallops.
“Unforgotten has had no luck with the tracks. She doesn’t handle wet tracks,” he said.
“Youngstar had a disappointing winter, but I’m just putting a line through it and hoping she has come back.
“We think she is going well.
“Kings Will Dream has had a long lay-off but he’ll be competitive on class alone and continue to build throughout the campaign.”
Godolphin trainer James Cummings has entered Group One winners Alizee, Avilius and Best Of Days.
Avilius has been posted the TAB’s early favourite at $3.50 ahead of Alizee who is doubtful to run but is at $4.50 alongside Verry Elleegant.
Happy Clapper, who finished second to Winx five times, is at $6.
The Group Two Silver Shadow Stakes also received 14 entries on Monday including Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi.
But it is the Anthony Cummings-trained Libertini who has attracted most attention with the filly $1.90 in first markets.
Libertini also had a race day gallop on Saturday and cruised to beat her Group One-winning stablemate Prince Fawaz.
Libertini finished second on debut in the Kindergarten Stakes to Saturday’s Vain Stakes winner Bivouac and has won her other two starts.
Kiamichi’s James Cummings-trained stablemate Flit is the second elect at $6 with the Slipper winner at $8.
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