2014 Hong Kong Vase Conditions to Suit Flintshire

December 11th, 2014

Returning to racing in typically competitive form this time in, talented stayer Flintshire completed a strong piece of work at Sha Tin on Monday morning and is reportedly in season-best condition leading into the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m).

Running second to in the Group 2 Prix Foy (2400m) first-up this time, Flintshire more than stamped his claims as a serious Hong Kong Vase contender when charging home to finish a close second to leading stayer Treve in the major Group 1 Prix Arc De Triomphe (2400m) on October 5th before again finishing just off the pace of Main Sequence when second in the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup (2413m) last time out on November 1st.

Having reportedly taken well to his time in quarantine and the Hong Kong conditions, trainer Andre Fabre’s travelling foreman Richard Lambert has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by the Dansili stallion over the last week and is expecting a polished performance in the 2014 Hong Kong Vase.

“The quarantine is easier here because the horses can go out soon after their arrival. There’s more space for them to relax and the track is not surrounded by other horses going in all directions,” Lambert said.

“He’s weighing 489 kilograms — that is two kilos more than after his second place in the Breeders’ Cup.

“He hasn’t had a hard season with only five races under his belt. His only real defeat came in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on ground that was way too heavy for him. He will be more suited here on a good track. He also likes it right-handed.

Securing a commendable record of three wins and a further five minor places from just 11 competitive starts so far, Flintshire charged home to win his racing debut by close to three lengths in May of 2013, breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level in just his fourth appearance on course in the Group 1 Grand Prix De Paris (2400m) in July 2013.”At Santa Anita, on a tight left-handed course, Maxime Guyon (jockey) had to use him as early as the last bend to avoid being outpaced and Flintshire took some time to find his balance. He finished well on an idling horse though. Once again, he should be much better off here, with more space and time to reach his momentum.”

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