Flintshire Takes Out 2014 Hong Kong Vase

December 15th, 2014

Talented stayer and clear race favourite Flintshire has delivered at Sha Tin Racecourse over the weekend, displaying a keen turn of foot late to comfortably take out the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m).

Red Cadeaux ran sixth in the 2014 Hong Kong Vase. Photo: Taron Clarke.

Red Cadeaux ran sixth in the 2014 Hong Kong Vase. Photo: Taron Clarke.

Jumping from the gates well, Flintshire settled in prime position within the pack of eleven, allowing the race’s early leaders to set only a fair tempo away from the barriers and rounding onto the back straight.

Continuing to receive an ideal run in transit over the back straight and rounding the final bend, jockey Maxime Guyon steadily pushed the son of Dansili forward, producing an impressive kick in the final 200m to comfortably account for leaders Willie Cazals and Kayah, who hit the line in second and third positions respectively.

Owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe was on hand to witness Flintshire’s impressive Hong Kong Vase victory, and ranked the maiden victory at the highest level as extremely vital to the four-year-old’s 2015 racing campaign.

“It was really important for us to win this race,” Grimthorpe said.

“It was absolutely thrilling because we’ve had a couple of near misses before.

“But this horse has a very good turn of foot, combined with his stamina.

“He stays in training and we will map out an international campaign next year.

“We will certainly look at Dubai in March.”

Running on for a luckless sixth having been blocked for a run in the final straight, trainer Ed Dunlop was pleased with cult hero Red Cadeaux’s overall performance in the 2014 Hong Kong Vase and revealed a return trip to Australia for the 2015 Autumn Carnival remains on the cards.

“We’ll continue running overseas and while there are some races I like the look of in Australia, it could be that we try him on dirt,” Dunlop said.

“There is the Gold Cup over two miles in Dubai to consider.”

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