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IMBONGI LOOKS THE PART IN SHA TIN TRACKWORK

imbongi sha tin
imbongi sha tin

Imbongi

(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

HK$12MILLION HONG KONG MILE (Grade 1)

Sha Tin Racecourse, 1600m, Turf

25 April 2010

charl pretorius racingweb
charl pretorius racingweb

Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaSummerhill Stud’s proud warrior Imbongi seems to know he finished third in the prestigious Group 1 Dubai Duty Free just a few weeks ago. Above is a photo of his trackwork at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, taken yesterday, in preparation for Sunday’s Group 1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin racecourse.

Imbongi finished sixth, beaten 1.75 lengths in the 2009 Champions Mile. Is he a better horse this year than last?

Mike de Kock’s assistant trainer Steven Jell is cautiously hopeful. “He could be a little better as he may be coming into the race a little bit fitter,” he replied. “The 1800m of the Dubai Duty Free may have stretched him a bit as his best trips are probably 1400m or a mile, but he still ran a very good race.”

“Last year’s Champions Mile was run slow and the track was rain affected, and neither of those factors would have suited him. So we’re hopeful he can improve on last year.”

“And one other thing in his favour is that he’s travelled well. He’s not always the best of travellers, but this year he’s been fine.”

Jell also put Dubai World Cup runner-up Lizard’s Desire through his paces. He will face the starter in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup over 2000m.

Both Imbongi and Lizard’s Desire will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon.

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SOUMILLON TO PILOT IMBONGI IN HONG KONG MILE

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christophe soumillon

Christophe Soumillon

(Photo : Turf Zone)

AUDEMARS PIGUET QEII CUP AND CHAMPIONS MILE

25 APRIL 2010

Mike de Kock has confirmed that Christophe Soumillon is booked to pilot Imbongi in the Group 1 Hong Kong Champions Mile and Lizard’s Desire in the Group 1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup on Sunday 25 April at Sha-Tin racecourse, Hong Kong.

This follows the successful partnership of Soumillon with Imbongi and Lizard’s Desire during the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Final declarations fall due on Thursday, 22 April.

The races are worth HK$14 million and HK$12 million respectively.

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HONG KONG BECKONS FOR LIZARD'S DESIRE AND IMBONGI

dubai world cup 2010 video
dubai world cup 2010 video

Click above to watch the full Dubai World Cup (Gr1)

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THE AUDEMARS PIGUET QE II CUP

AND THE HONG KONG MILE

Following his narrow defeat in the US$10,000,000 Dubai World Cup (Grade 1) this past Saturday, Lizards’s Desire is likely to have a crack at the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (Group 1) in Hong Kong and if all goes according to plan, his stablemate Imbongi, third in the US$5,000,000 Dubai Duty Free, will line up in the Hong Kong Mile (Group 1).

Racingweb reports that the pair’s trainer Mike de Kock, who returned to Johannesburg from the UAE on Tuesday evening, said that he was looking forward to spending some quality time back home after his smashing results in Dubai.

De Kock said that he won’t be campaigning in the UK this season, but rather concentrating on the latter half of the Gauteng Summer/Autumn Season followed by the Champions Season in KwaZulu-Natal.

“I think we have possibly our best ever string of two-year-olds in Durban this year and as always this will be our testing ground for those horses who prove to be good enough for next year’s Dubai Carnival. Dubai really is our most important focus every year and the foundations for success are laid in South Africa.”

He was full of praise for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and his team headed by Meydan CEO Saeed Al Tayer and Dubai Racing Club CEO Frank Gabriel.

“Just three years ago Sheikh Mohammed announced his vision for Meydan and a spectacular racing centre arose in the desert from nothing when there were some who predicted it wouldn’t happen. Our authorities in South Africa can take a leaf from their book. They think and plan imaginatively, find the money and do the right things!”

Mike de Kock added compliments for the Tapeta track at Meydan. I believe it is a massively important development with great future benefits for world racing.”

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Kildonan out of Hong Kong Mile

KildonanKildonan (freeracer)THE Rich Man’s Gold Syndicate’s star four-year-old, Kildonan, has been injured at Newmarket, UK, in preparation for next week’s US$1.2 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile at Sha-Tin.

Mike de Kock commented: “This is devastating for us. We believed he had a winning chance. But that is the reality of racing. Horses are flesh and blood like normal athletes. These things happen.’’

He added that Klidonan did not suffer a career threatening injury. “He will be shipped to Dubai next week and we’ll start his preparation for Carnival 2008 as soon as he has recovered.

“Kildonan could be a nice horse for the Duty Free and of course there is the English season in 2008. He’s a young horse, he has his career ahead of him. A few years ago Irridesance had to be scratched just minutes before the running of the Duty Free. That was similarly shocking, but she went on to greatness after that. We’ll sit this one out too!’’

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

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