Highland reels rivals in
Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00
Highland reel (5/1) gave Clonroche native, Aidan O'Brien, a first success in Hong Kong when winning the Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in the early hours of Sunday morning.
His narrow success under Ryan Moore ended a long drought for Irish-trained runners in the International Races that stretched back to the Jim Bolger-trained Alexander Goldrun's win in the 2004 Hong Kong Cup.
Highland Reel also became the first three-year-old colt to triumph in the 2,400-metre contest. 'He did it all very easily, he's turned into a good horse,' said Moore who added, 'he's improved immensely since the start of the year'.
The three-year-old is already a winner on the international stage, having taken the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park, Chicago, in August.
More recently, he finished third behind Winx in the Grade 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, Melbourne, in October.
Ireland's other hopes didn't fare so well. Running in the race for the fourth time, Eddie Lynam's Sole Power finished down the field behind the Irish-bred Peniaphobia in the Hong Kong Sprint, while the Dermot Weld-trained Free Eagle faded badly in the straight and trailed in last of all behind all-the-way winner A Shin Hikari in the Hong Kong Cup.
My Tent Or Yours could be sent over to contest the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29 according to his trainer, Nicky Henderson.
A close second to Jezki in the 2014 Champion Hurdle but missing through injury for 20 months, My Tent Or Yours is making good strides towards his return and is as short as 5-1 for the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, which he won in 2013, beating The New One, and in which he could come up against Cheltenham favourite Faugheen.
But My Tent Or Yours also has an entry in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29 and Henderson is very tempted by the Leopardstown trip.
'He has been a bit behind but we're looking at somewhere like the Christmas Hurdle - he did a fair bit working this morning,' Henderson said. 'But we just thought if all Ireland was going to come over here then why not the English go to Ireland?'
Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Clonmel, Wednesday, December 16 (first race 12.15 p.m.); Dundalk, Friday, December 18 (first race 6 p.m.); Fairyhouse, Saturday, December 19 (first race 12 noon); Thurles, Sunday, December 20 (first race 12.40 p.m.).