Sunday, December 14, 2003
IT'S FALBRAV IN A FANTASTIC FINALE
FALBRAV left no doubt that he is and has been the best 2000 metre horse in the world by simply annihilating the field for the Group One Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin today.
POST RACE QUOTES HONG KONG CUP
1: FALBRAV (Frankie Dettori): "I was 100 per cent confident, even when we were so far back. When I pressed the button he exploded. I nearly peed myself! It took my breath away, the way he accelerated. Without a doubt, he is the best 2000m horse in the world. He's up there with the very best I have ridden. His performance was electric."
Trainer Luca Cumani "It was fantastic. It was almost like watching Seabiscuit."
2: RAKTI (Trainer Michael Jarvis) He just missed the break and there was a lot of traffic in front of him. He and the winner went for the same gap and he got a little bump but there are no excuses. We will try to come back again next year."
(Phillip Robinson) "I got a bit of a bump from Frankie but I was beaten two lengths and it made no difference"
3: ELEGANT FASHION (Gerald Mosse): She ran a beautiful race but the first two were just too good.”
(Trainer David Hayes): That was a truly world class race. She has run very, very well but it's tough to run against that class of horse.”
4: BRIGHT SKY (Dominique Boeuf) " My horse has run very well, but this was a very high class race. I think maybe her run in the Breeders' Cup might have taken a little out of her, and she'd have been even closer if not for that run."
5: SELF FLIT (Weichong Marwing) 'He did some work early and held on very well given that this was a very strong race."
6: DR MORE (Shane Dye). 'He ran right up to his very best. What more can you say.”
7: EISHIN PRESTON (Yuichi Fukunaga): "He had no answer to the others in the homestretch. But I'm happy he has ended his career safely."
8: BLUE STITCH (Douglas Whyte) 'He really tried his best, it was a good, honest run but the others were just too strong."
9: TIGERTAIL (Thierry Gillet) "The track was a bit too quick for her and she couldn't really get any rhythm going."
10: PRECISION (Mick Kinane) " He's been a bit slow to come to hand this year, and we always knew that we were facing an up hill battle with him here."
11: DENON (Corey Nakatani) "He didn't fire today, I think the Japan Cup took the edge off him."
12: WEIGHTLESS (Thierry Thulliez): "One problem was that it was a tough task for a three-year-old against these horses. The other problem was Falbrav."
13: MAGNATEN (Kent Desormeaux): "The horse stumbled at the start and missed the lead so I put him in third position but there was no response from 600m so I couldn't do anything."
14: DANO-MAST (Christophe Soumillon): "There was no kick when it mattered. No power."
LUCKY OWNERS VICTORIOUS IN HONG KONG MILE
Lucky Owners, a Hong Kong-based runner owned by Mr. and Mrs. Leung Kai Fai, trained by Tony Cruz and ridden by Felix Coetzee, registered still another score for the Peoples’ Republic of China Sunday, when he took the lead in deep stretch and drove to a half-length victory in the 12th running of the HK$14-million Hong Kong Mile (G1) at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Post Race Quotes from THE HONG KONG MILE
1. LUCKY OWNERS (Felix Coetzee): "He travelled well, he was always relaxed. He was on the rail and when he came into the home straight he accelerated very well. He's very gutsy. If you look at his form, he's a winner."
Trainer –– Tony Cruz –– "I didn't think he was my best chance today but I felt he had a good chance all the same. He has more improvement to come as well, too. It was a great ride by Felix, I liked how he didn't use the whip until the 200m."
2. BOWMAN'S CROSSING (Mick Kinane): "He has run a blinder. The winner probably had a slightly better trip on the inside. I couldn't go any earlier, but that is the way we have to ride him, dropping him in. He finished really strongly."
3. LOHENGRIN (Kent Desormeaux): "The horse was carried out turning for home a bit and was a bit tense but I am proud of him finishing third."
4. ADMIRE MAX (Yuichi Fukunaga): " The horse did a good job. The jockey did well but the horse has not won for over two years."
5. FIREBREAK (Frankie Dettori): "He ran well. He has been off for a long time although he runs well fresh. I was only beaten a length or so."
6. MERIDIAN STAR (Gerald Mosse): "The pace was strong and that helped him finish off like he usually does. That's his form."
7. TELEGNOSIS (Masaki Katsuura): The horse looked fine but he could not show true performance."
8. HO CHOI (Christophe Soumillon): "He had a nice position early but he met with trouble when the Singapore horse came back on him.
9. SPECIAL KALDOUN (Dominque Boeuf): "He raced like a tired horse. I think he has had enough."
10 MISTER ACPEN (David Flores): "He didn't break. He lost it at the start."
11: PASSING GLANCE (Martin Dwyer)"He was never going and not at his best. It's been a long year."
12: CITIZEN KANE (Robbie Fradd): "The horse from Singapore took me out. He took me out."
OLYMPIC EXPRESS (Pulled Up) (trainer, Ivan Allan): "Douglas said he felt him take a wrong step and he did the right thing by pulling him up."
Silent Witness proves he is the best in the world
The duel materialised, the hype was justified and Silent Witness, the best horse in Hong Kong, came out on top.
The overwhelming favourite Silent Witness drew out for a length success from National Currency, the much-touted South African challenger, in the HK$10 million Hong Kong Sprint (Gr.1-1000m) to bellowing roars of approval from the huge Sha Tin crowd.
Hong Kong runners Cape Of Good Hope and Firebolt finished third and fourth respectively. Owned by Archie da Silva, trained by Tony Cruz and ridden by Felix Coetzee, it was Silent Witness' eighth win from as many starts.
"There was a lot of pressure but obviously I feel better now, "said Cruz. "He's definitely the best sprinter in the world, and he has proven what he all felt he was capable of. He will stay here for the Champion Sprint Series and, in doing so, try to break the Hong Kong record of ten wins in a row that was achieved by a horse I rode, Co-Tack."
Cruz did not rule sending Silent Witness on overseas missions in the future.
Post Race Quotes : THE HONG KONG SPRINT
1. SILENT WITNESS (Felix Coetzee): "National Currency led me early on but my horse was always travelling comfortably and at half way I knew I had him."
2. NATIONAL CURRENCY (Weichong Marwing): "He ran his heart out, very well, but just met a horse better than him. I have no excuses."
3. CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (Mick Kinane): "It was a great effort. I work him on Friday morning and he felt great and I thought he would finish in the money."
4. FIREBOLT (trainer Ivan Allan): "He ran a good race but the winner was simply too good for us."
5. ACCLAMATION (GB) (Frankie Dettori): "The five furlongs is too sharp for him but he has run a great race and was staying on. He has a nice life ahead of him now."
6. THE TRADER (Kieren Fallon): "He has run well but the ground was too quick for him."
7. THE TATLING (Ryan Moore): " It was a great experience but he was not the same horse today."
8. CHEARFUL FORTUNE (Craig Williams): "It was not his day. He came off the bridle and there was nothing there."
9. INTO THE NIGHT (Darren Beadman); "The were just too sharp. He couldn't match their speed."
10. ALL THRILLS TOO (Gerald Mosse): "He is getting old and tired."
11. GRAND DELIGHT (Shane Dye): "He tried several times to extend his stride and that is four straight times it has been the case."
12. DANTANA (Damien Oliver): "He wasn't good enough and the ground was a bit firm."
13. BOMBER BILL (Steven Arnold): "He race too fresh. He was much closer than I expected early and didn't finish off. The track might have been a bit firm for him."
14. DEPORTIVO (Richard Hughes): "He broke OK but was ring rusty after his lay off."
Tony Cruz (trainer of Silent Witness): "There was a lot pressure but I feel much better now. He will next go for the champion sprint series and try to break the HK record of ten wins in a row.
VALLEE ENCHANTEE WINS HONG KONG VASE
Vallee Enchantee, the only filly in the 14-horse field, found her best stride in deep stretch and registered a driving victory Sunday in the tenth running of the HK$14-million Hong Kong Vase (G1) at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Post Race Quotes
HK$14million HONG KONG VASE (Gr.1-2400m)
1 - VALLEE ENCHANTEE
Jockey Dominque Boeuf: "She took a little time to organize herself but she has got a terrific turn of foot and came home well. She is very small but she has got a big, big heart. That was her first Group 1 win against the colts, but hopefully not her last."
Owner Alec Wildenstein: "She was quite a long way back but the pace was quite even. Dominique had a good hold on her and came wide as I told him to, I didn't want him to come up the inner. Her mother Verveine second in the Hong Kong Cup 10 years ago and it's an amazing thing for a breeder to achieve."
2 –– POLISH SUMMER
Jockey Christophe Soumillon: "I was very happy with the horse, he ran good, but in the end it was France's day anyway."
3 –– WARRSAN
Trainer Clive Brittain: "He has run a blinder, another stride and he would have been second and Philip agreed. I had to be easy on his work as he lost 12kgs in the flight and I wasn't able to put the weight back him. That was his best run since the Coronation Cup in June."
4 - ROOSEVELT
Jockey Mick Kinane: "That was a great run from a horse off one preparation. I thought I would win at the 200m but he just got tired.
Trainer David Oughton: "He will be a nice horse for the Hong Kong Derby next year."
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