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Asian Games: Hong Kong’s Jacqueline Siu hopes to ‘dance away’ with dressage in Thursday’s final showdown

Hong Kong has a genuine chance on the last day of dressage with improved relations between horse and rider

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 August, 2018, 6:24pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 August, 2018, 8:36pm

Hong Kong’s Jacqueline Siu Wing-ying is on the verge of realising her goal of bettering her best finish at the Asian Games as she sits second in the rankings after the second day of dressage at Jakarta International Equestrian Park on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old and her mount, Jockey Club Fuerst on Tour, improved on their overnight position of third from the opening day’s Prix St Georges event and now sit a point and a half back from Malaysia’s Mahamad Fathil Mohd Qabil Ambak and his partner Rosenstolz, who maintained their first round lead.

Siu pointed to an improved relationship with her horse as part of the reason the pair are flying high against expectations in Jakarta.

“When he’s not sure of something he knows me more and he can look to me for confidence now,” Siu said.

“We’ve had time to spend with each other. We’ve had time to practise and had excellent training.

“We’re very good friends; I adore him now. I think he likes me as well,” she said. “It’s the time in the stables when I’m hand raising him – we spend a lot of time together. We’re friends outside the arena as well as in the arena.”

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The final medal placings will come down to the final day’s action on Thursday in the intermediate freestyle, where a final 15 will compete for a spot on the podium.

After Monday’s action, Siu said she felt her partner had adapted better to the local environment and the hot weather.

“He’s adapted better than I expected,” Siu said. “He’s taken all the travelling in his stride. He’s basically the ultimate professional. He doesn’t get anxious or worried about things.

“Some horses get very stressed but he’s very focused on his job and is enjoying being on the other side of the world. He literally is on tour.”

Thursday’s final freestyle event is set to music and Siu said she – and the horse – were looking forward to it.

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“I’m saving it all for Thursday,” Siu said. “Thursday’s the big day.

“The horse loves performing to music. As soon as he hears the music he thinks he’s at the disco and enjoys it. Hopefully, we’ll dance away with it on Thursday.”