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Canny Irish eye HK Day spoils
THE irrepressible Mick Kinane is favourite to win today's prestigious $900,000 Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy, the feature event on popular Hong Kong Day at Sandown Park.
Leading London bookmakers made Kinane's mount, the Dermot Weld-trained Loki, 6-1 market leader for the 20-runner puzzle - the richest 2,000-metre handicap in Britain.
Kinane said: ''Loki seems in very good form at home and it pleased us his winning at The Curragh earlier this month. Obviously, it's a very tough handicap but I wouldn't swap my horse for any other in the race and I'm very determined to win on Hong Kong Day.'' Hong Kong is directly represented in the big race by prominent local owner Dr Frank Chau's Shanghai Venture, who will be ridden by Wendyll Woods.
Walter Swinburn, Frankie Dettori and Pat Eddery all have major claims on Aljazzaf, Wainwright and Baron Ferdinand.