Hong Kong Cup: Key race replays
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Anchoring Sunday’s Hong Kong International Races is the Hong Kong Cup (G1), with a post time of 3:30 a.m. (EST).
The 2014 edition was a thriller. Designs on Rome just mugged Military Attack, and Criterion was a smart third:
Free Eagle earned his landmark victory in the Prince of Wales’s (G1) at Royal Ascot (click link for replay), having something in hand over Cup rivals Criterion and Gailo Chop:
Two back, Free Eagle was victimized by Golden Horn in the Irish Champion (G1):
Blazing Speed lived up to his name with his late burst in the April 26 QEII Cup (G1) over this course and distance, defeating Staphanos, Criterion, Designs on Rome and Military Attack:
Just 15 days before the QEII Cup, Criterion had won the lucrative Queen Elizabeth II (G1) at Sydney’s The Championships:
Criterion comes off two gallant efforts in defeat in the premier races of Australia’s Spring Carnival, finishing second in the Cox Plate (G1) (that’s Vase [G1] runner Highland Reel in third):
And third under a big weight in the Melbourne Cup (G1):
Military Attack narrowly bested Blazing Speed in the local prep, the November 21 Jockey Club Cup (G2):
Earlier in May, Military Attack was second in the Singapore Airlines International Cup (G1) to repeat winner Dan Excel:
Staphanos was second in a loaded renewal of the Tenno Sho Autumn (G1) last out:
A Shin Hikari flopped in the Tenno Sho Autumn, but two starts ago, he crowned an eight-race winning streak in the Mainichi Okan (G2):
Satono Aladdin just missed to A Shin Hikari in the June 14 Epsom Cup (G3):
And in the Fuji (G3) to Hong Kong Mile (G1) contender Danon Platina:
Satono Aladdin was most recently a barreling fourth to Maurice in the Mile Championship (G1):
Beauty Only captured the Hong Kong Classic Mile back in January:
And was a rattling second to Mile runner Contentment in the October 25 Sha Tin Trophy, with Military Attack third:
Free Port Lux turned in perhaps his best effort in the Prix Dollar (G2) on Arc weekend:
Lucia Valentina earned her first Group 1 versus sophomore fillies in the 2014 Vinery Stud (G1) at Rosehill:
And added the Turnbull (G1) over older males in October 2014:
Nuovo Record beat Harp Star in last year’s Japanese Oaks (G1):
And Nuovo Record defeated males, including Cup rival Staphanos, in the March 1 Nakayama Kinen (G2) (click link for replay).
She exits two fine runner-up efforts, first to subsequent Japan Cup (G1) queen Shonan Pandora in the Sankei Sho All Comers (G2):
Then from post 18 in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) at Kyoto:
Analysis can be found in the Hong Kong Cup preview.