Empoli Capable of 2014 Hong Kong Vase Success

December 9th, 2014

Returning to racing in exceptional form this season, trainer Peter Schiergen is confident talented German stayer Empoli is a live chance for success in Sunday’s Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Claiming just one race win and a further three minor places over his short 13 race career so far, Empoli steadily built to the task over his most recent four start preparation, but booked his ticket to Hong Kong when displaying an incredible final straight sprint to comfortably take out the Group 1 Preis Von Europa (2413m) in Cologne most recently on September 28th.

Having displayed some disdain for loading into the barriers in a brief stint in Dubai at the beginning of the year, Schiergen is confident the Halling entire has worked past all issues and is confident the 2014 Hong Kong Vase conditions will play directly into his strengths on Sunday.

“Empoli has only really shown any problem at the gates in Dubai,” Schiergen said.

“We have given him plenty of practice since, and he should be fine.

“However, when he can travel nicely in a race, he can be extremely smart.

“Of course I hope he can draw a good gate, and get a good start. He acts on any surface and should have no worries with Sha Tin.

“He has only had six races this year and will be a fresh horse. I have been very happy with his work since that Cologne victory.”

Finishing fourth in the Listed Preis Iffezheimer Derby Trial (2212m) on debut in May of 2013, Empoli placed second in the Group 2 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen (2212m) before a disappointing run for 13th in the Group 1 Deutsches Derby (2413m) on July 7th.

Returning to the paddock following a credible run for fourth in the 2013 edition of the Preis von Europa, the stallion out of Estefania placed second in the Dubai Millenium Stakes (2000m) first-up this year before running fourth in the Group 1 Sheema Classic (2410m).

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