Quartet settles in nicely as Sha Tin prepares for big influx
The influx of visitors to the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Race meeting on Sunday week is set to pick up the pace, with no problems reported among the four horses already in quarantine.
Melbourne Cup winner Americain and Singapore sprinter Rocket Man were joined by Hong Kong Cup runner Snow Fairy, coming of a win in Japan, and South African speedster J J The Jet Plane over the weekend.
Australian sprinter Ortensia is due to arrive tonight from Melbourne, followed tomorrow by the French-trained Sahpresa and Japan's A Shin Forward, who quinellaed the Kyoto Mile Championship.
The remaining visitors are due between early Friday morning and later Sunday evening, with six flights to bring 24 horses. Jockey Club officials confirmed Joshua Tree, Cirrus des Aigles and Jaguar Mail have come through the Japan Cup unscathed and will be here.
Five-time Group One winner J J The Jet Plane was out on the track yesterday and some observers commented on his coat and noted him getting 'a little hot', but the champion sprinter has every excuse to be reacclimatising after a long journey from his homeland.
Due to restrictions particular to South African horses, J J The Jet Plane has made the trip to Hong Kong after doing 40 days' quarantine in Cape Town during September, then travelling to England for another separate 30-day quarantine.
Meanwhile, Felix Coetzee has given a glowing report on the condition of Rocket Man since the five-year-old's Jockey Club Sprint dead-heat with One World just over a week ago.
Coetzee said on Sunday Rocket Man had settled right into Sha Tin and, allaying fears he may have an issue with holding condition in an unfamiliar environment, was actually putting on pounds since his outstanding local debut.
'He's even doing all the little mannerisms he does when he is at home, too, so he is really very happy here,' the jockey said.