Germans mount raid on Vase
The Germans are mounting a serious raid on December's International Vase.
The European and United Arab Emirates entries and reserves for each of the showpiece events were announced last night with Germany holding a strong hand in the 2,400-metre Vase following Borgia's top-class third in last weekend's Arc De Triomphe.
Top German trainer Bruno Schutz has both Caitano and Oxalagu down to run in the Vase and they can come into the race with some decent staying form.
Caitano beat none other than last season's Vase winner, Luso, by 1.75 lengths when they clashed recently in the Group One 2,400-metre Aral Pokal at the up-and-coming Gelsenkirchen track.
Racing is really starting to take off in Germany and Schutz's second runner in the Vase, Oxalagu, is not to be dismissed either.
He has been in cracking form, winning four Group events on the continent and last time had no trouble whatsoever in dispensing with Needle Gun, himself a former Vase placegetter, in a Group Two contest at the picturesque Baden-Baden venue.
Luso is, as expected, selected to come and defend his Vase title with trainer Clive Brittain declaring him a runner.
Lord Swaythling's aptly named Taipan makes up the four-strong European challenge.
Taipan also has a recent verdict over Luso to his name. He beat him in the minor Group One event, the Europa Prix at Cologne, but may find the ground too fast for him at Sha Tin.
Michael Stoute's Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes runner-up, Faithful Son, and Godolphin's Group Two Queen Anne Stakes winner, Allied Forces, spearhead a very European challenge for the Cup.
John Gosden's weekend Group Two Prix du Round Point victor, Decorated Hero, looks Europe's best hope in the Bowl in which the Group Two Coronation Stakes runner-up, Ocean Ridge, is set to fly the United Arab Emirates flag.