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HKJC International Jockeys’ Championship

The LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship lives up to its reputation as the premier contest of its kind on the global calendar. On Wednesday, December 8 at Happy Valley Racecourse, be prepared to be wowed by an all-star cast of some of the world’s best jockeys vying for a record HK$800,000 prize to be shared by the top three riders.

The first of the major events in a week-long celebration of international racing, it is followed by the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races on Sunday, December 12 at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Past winners include Douglas Whyte, Ryan Moore, Joao Moreira, Hugh Bowman, Silvestre de Sousa and last year’s champion Zac Purton

The LONGINES IJC’s four races are tentatively scheduled as Races 4, 5, 7 and 8. Jockeys are awarded 12 points for a race win, 6 points for finishing 2nd, and 4 points for 3rd. The jockey with the highest points accumulated will be the night’s champion, as well as the evening’s Jockey Challenge winner.

Happy Valley Post Time: 5:30am EST


Selections by Declan Schuster HKJC | Twitter @SchusterDeclan

Race 1: #7 Oh Bravo, #2 Joy Master, #8 Mister Arm, #11 Super Kin

Race 2:: #7 All Joyful, #2 Zone D, #8 Bulletproof, #12 Stay Chill

Race 3: #1 Touch Faith, #12 Sunny Smile, #2 Sunny And Gold, #3 Alloy King

Race 4: #8 Awesome Treasure, #2 Fabulous Eight, #4 Telecom Rocket, #9 Charming Steed

Race 5: #5 Viva Hunter, #4 Ai One, #9 Dr Winning, #10 Glorious Lover

Race 6: #5 Regency Star, #8 Spartan Missile, #1 Rewarding Together, #2 Xponential

Race 7: #8 The Anomaly, #12 Red Majesty, #7 Invincible Missile, #1 Amazing One Plus

Race 8: #4 Resolute, #3 Classic Posh, #7 California Cible, #11 Elon

Race 9: #1 Savvy Nine, #10 Beluga, #12 Fa Fa, #4 Zebrowski

Race 1: Australia Handicap

#7 Oh Bravo draws favourably for Zac Purton. He’s shown glimpses of ability at times and his best should see him prove incredibly competitive.

#2 Joy Master mixes his form but is a four-time winner in Hong Kong. Luke Ferraris hops up for father David and he should relish getting out in trip here.

#8 Mister Arm can roll forward and try to make all here.

#11 Super Kin has the wide gate to contend with. He’s next best.

Race 2: France Handicap

#7 All Joyful can bounce back from his last-start struggles. He was caught far too back in the run that day and it wouldn’t surprise to see him turn it around here.

#2 Zone D is holding his condition. He narrowly missed first-up and if he’s a player once more as long as he can offset the awkward gate.

#8 Bulletproof draws favorably. He’s open to further improvement.

#12 Stay Chill has claims at the bottom of the handicap. Interestingly enough Alexis Badel has opted to ride one-pound over weight.

Race 3: Japan Handicap

#1 Touch Faith closed off nicely last start without room to move. He looks like he’s coming to hand and this contest appears suitable, albeit with top-weight and a wide gate to offset.

#12 Sunny Smile gets in light with some solid form under his belt of late. Inside gate and the booking of Alexis Badel enhances his claims.

#2 Sunny And Gold is closing in on a win. Zac Purton should get the best out of him here.

#3 Alloy King is racing well as a two-time winner from the last three starts. Must respect.

Race 4: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship (1st Leg)

#8 Awesome Treasure narrowly missed on debut and off that run shapes as the hardest to beat. He looks like a standout contender here off the back of that forward showing on the speed.

#2 Fabulous Eight is looking to snap consecutive runner-up efforts. He’s in very good form and commands respect here.

#4 Telecom Rocket no doubt should improve at his second run in Class 4 this campaign. Strong booking of Joao Moreira from the good gate.

#9 Charming Steed is next best from gate one.

Race 5: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship (2nd Leg)

#5 Viva Hunter just needs to offset the wide gate to be competitive here. Gate 12 can be tricky but he brings some strong form from Sha Tin to Happy Valley.

#4 Ai One turned his form around last start. He’s third up now and commands respect with Ryan Moore engaged from gate one.

#9 Dr Winning is holding his condition for trainer John Size. Expect another bold showing.

#10 Glorious Lover is doing everything right except win. He has claims.

Race 6: New Zealand Handicap

#5 Regency Star is chasing back-to-back wins. He looked well when winning last start and further improvement from that win has him marked as a leading player in this.

#8 Spartan Missile turned his form around last start, narrowly missing at 18/1 over this course and distance. Expect another forward showing here.

#1 Rewarding Together is class. He draws well and has claims here for the in-form Frankie Lor.

#2 Xponential is looking snap a run of three consecutive second-placed efforts.

Race 7: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship (3rd Leg)

#8 The Anomaly scored nicely two runs back. He’s held his condition and the inside gate affords him every chance here with Vincent Ho up.

#12 Red Majesty has gone from strength to strength of late, notching five wins from his last seven starts. He draws favourably for this.

#7 Invincible Missile narrowly missed last time out. Expect another big run here.

#1 Amazing One Plus draws well and will relish the added distance.

Race 8: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship (4th Leg)

#4 Resolute has the runs on the board this campaign. He’s fit, well and from gate eight he should get every chance under Alexis Badel.

#3 Classic Posh draws favourably. Joao Moreira hops up and he gets his chance again as long as he doesn’t settle too far back in the run.

#7 California Cible scored nicely last start. He’ll push for back-to-back wins.

#11 Elon has proven a consistent customer on the dirt but he was far from disgraced two runs back on the turf. Expect a forward showing.

Race 9: United Kingdom Handicap

#1 Savvy Nine ran well against Group 2 company last start and he looks like he’ll relish the step back in grade here. He has to lug top-weight which is hard but he does get the services of Ryan Moore which helps.

#10 Beluga slots in with a light impost. He looks like he’ll relish the added distance on offer here.

#12 Fa Fa is looking to continue a meteoric rise through the grades having won five out of his last six starts.

#4 Zebrowski is holding his condition. Next best. – US Legal Online ADW is a great way to bet horse racing from Sha Tin and Happy Valley. Available to customers across the United States, OTB features both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing from major racing venues in the US as well as top international racing from Europe, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

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