HK horses taking the world by storm
After more than a decade of dipping toes in various ponds around the globe, this is promising to be a boom year for foreign assignments for Hong Kong horses.
The weekend after next is already looking a unique start, with visitors to four major events on different sides of the world. Two runners in Japan's Takamatsunomiya Kinen and three runners in separate events at Dubai's gala World Cup meeting will be a first.
But it won't stop there. There are runners being aimed at the two big events in Singapore in May, others pencilled in for the regular tilts at the Yasuda Kinen and Happy Zero may become a Royal Ascot contender in June for the Golden Jubilee Stakes.
And then there is Australia at the end of the year. John Moore is keen to tackle the Melbourne Cup with Carthage - doubtless a plan that will rely on the four-year-old finding his European form later in the season following his gelding operation and the discovery that he was suffering a badly twisted testicle in those two recent trials. The trainer is again toying with the idea of taking Collection to the Cox Plate in Melbourne around the same time.
For such a small horse population, Hong Kong has come a long way in a fairly short time to have so many gallopers even eligible to be considering these types of tours on such a regular basis.