For the first time, Hong Kong will boast two runners in the the world's richest race after organisers acceded to a request from trainer John Moore to switch races and tackle the US$10 million Dubai World Cup on March 29 with Horse Of The Year Military Attack.
Military Attack had been accepted for the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free prior to his return to top form in the Hong Kong Gold Cup last month and Moore requested a change to the main event on World Cup night, where he will now join Richard Gibson-trained Akeed Mofeed.
Hong Kong has been represented in the World Cup only twice previously - by Indigenous (8th) in 2000 and by third-placed Bullish Luck in 2007.
Tony Cruz-trained Blazing Speed has also been added to the Duty Free field following his supplementary entry, giving Hong Kong a team of at least seven on March 29.
In addition to Military Attack and Akeed Mofeed in the World Cup, Hong Kong trainers will saddle up Blazing Speed, Dominant (Sheema Classic), Sterling City (Golden Shaheen), Amber Sky and Joy And Fun (Al Quoz Sprint).
In addition, Rich Tapestry runs at Super Saturday this weekend in the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal to press his claims for inclusion in the Golden Shaheen.