Hong Kong horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon will take his place in the HK$20 million Hong Kong Mile this afternoon after passing a vet check this morning.

Ambitious Dragon was “moderately lame” yesterday but was cleared to race, much to the relief of his trainer, Tony Millard, and owner Johnson Lam Pui-hung.

Because of the cloud over the six-year-old, Glorious Days is now the favourite (2.9) with Ambitious Dragon pushed out to 3.9. Next best was another Hong Kong horse, Packing Whiz at 5.7.

In the HK22 million Cup, defending champion California Memory holds favoritism at 2.9, with Queen Elizabeth’s Carlton House well backed at 5.4.