2012 Hong Kong Queen Elizabeth II Cup - Connection Comments
Rulership (horse, 5)
Katsuhiko Sumii, trainer
(after work Friday) "He looks well and fresh this morning. I heard that he did not have a good appetite sometimes during the week but he looks fit. He did a lot of steady work at home, so he doesn’t need to do toomuch here. Rispoli looks comfortable on the horse and he’s won on him in Japan. I think the draw eight is fine. It is a good position from which to see the other competitors as the race begins. I will leave it up to the jockey.”
Umberto Rispoli, jockey
(on No. 8 gate) "Not good. Barriers three, four, five, and eight were left and we got the worst. I will have to discuss with the trainer what we will do. My thinking is I want to jump well and take a position behind the speed – I do not think the pace will be fast, I don’t see many front runners. I was hoping to draw more inside. From the options left, four would have been my ideal pick, (after work Friday). He was really relaxed out there this morning. When I went to pull him up, he changed leads and wanted to gallop and I had to hold him back. I think we’ll be able to get some cover early on in the race. It all depends on how things unfold and how the turf is Sunday whether I will try to head in to the rail right away or continue on straight for a bit longer.”
Norihiko Kishimoto, work rider
"Everything has gone well up to now. One thing is certain, and that is he is on the rise for the weekend.”
Mitsumasa Nakauchida, trainer representative
"He looks very well.I think he is in the same sort of form as he was at home. The track in the trotting ring is a bit stiff for him, so this is the reason why he worked a little longer on the all-weather track. The draw is quite good, not too inside and not too wide.”
Some other runners
California Memory (gelding, 6)
Anthony Cruz, trainer
"California Memory didn't pull up so good after the Dubai race so we have given him a little time to get over that and he seems to have got over the trip now. He's well and he did well in the barrier trial last week. We are going to lie out the back door again with California Memory, so the draw is fine.In the International race in December he had gate one and there was no pace, so that's why he went on."
Chinchon (horse, 7)
Carlos Laffon-Parias, trainer
"He looks well. He always travels well and doesn't lose a lot of weight. He doesn't need much – the work has been done. He suffered a very small hairline fracture in his off fore last year in America, so I was pleased that he ran very well on his comeback. It was hard for him to come here last time as a four-year-old but he is more mature and better prepared now. (regarding his parade ring test) He was a little nervous but that's how he always is. (on the No. 1 gate) One is not what I'd have chosen because we like to wait with him. But, it’s better than 13!"
Stephane Duprey, assistant trainer
"He arrived on Saturday and he traveled very well. No issues. He's used to it now and I'm seven starts, "and I'm happy with him. (after schooling on Wednesday)That all went pretty well. Chinchon was a little bit on his toes but that’s nothing to be concerned about. He had no problem with the parade ring the last time he was here and he is doing well."
Fay Fay (gelding, 4)
Douglas Whyte, jockey
(on No. 12 gate) "In some ways, it looks a carbon copy of the Derby – a race with no pace and a wide draw. In the Derby it all worked out well, but you don't get that twice and the barrier does look awkward. Maybe if Treasure Beach does go forward from the outside, then we might be able to go forward together, but John (Size) and I will have to have a proper think about it. We had a pretty good run from the draw in the Derby but we may not be quite so lucky again. Still, the horse does have a good record when he draws out. Tactically, I think it will be a case of seeing what unfolds in the first 200 meters."
Nancy Wong, owner's sister
(on No.12 gate) "I'm fine with 12. It's not really the ideal gate but he has won from draw 14 and I had a good feeling when the number came out."
Irian (gelding, 6)
John Moore, trainer
"Irian just had the edge yesterday on Zaidan but both worked soundly. Olivier (Doleuze) was delighted with Zaidan and Tim (Clark) very happy with Irian. I think Irian might be back in form. He's had some issues with speedy cutting but we've addressed that with corrective shoeing. The weather warming up has been good for him and he does hit a purple patch at this time of the year. He won the Jockey Club Cup and after that, when he was second to Snow Fairy in the Hong Kong Cup, he looked to have the world at this feet. We took him to Singapore, where he got cluttered back, but got to the line well. With a longer straight he may have won. But lately his form has been a bit lackluster. He had hammered his off fore joint and it was causing him a lot of discomfort. With the horse being a bit of a sook, he just wasn't putting in. It seems better now and Tim Clark has been happy with him in work. (before the draw of No. 5). He was exposed early last time. I'd like him to draw in. He must get cover early and from there I'm happy for Olivier (Doleuze) to ride him for luck."
Pure Champion (horse, 5)
Anthony Cruz, trainer
"Pure Champion is in great condition and I'm just hoping for a good draw. He's in fantastic shape. Pure Champion is going to be sitting off the pace too, so I hope maybe the Japanese horse might go on because I'm not sure where the pace is coming from on Sunday."
Sweet Orange (colt, 4)
Weichong Marwing, jockey
(on No. 2 gate) "I'm very happy. He was due for a change of luck at the gates. He's certainly got the gate speed to race much handier and, for a change, he won't be doing it so hard. David (Ferraris) has got him spot on so let's just hope we have some luck on Sunday as well."
Thumbs Up (gelding, 7)
Caspar Fownes, trainer
(on the No. 11 gate) "It's not ideal but it's what it is. The horse is in great shape, at least we know that. I looked at the same saddle my wife chose and I thought ‘no, not that one.’ "
Brett Prebble, jockey
"The horse has had a great prep. He's flying. His last win was good and he's in great form. Caspar has him in great shape and his performance to win the Premier Plate was very good. He raced a little more forward that day, gave me a really strong kick and was able to win pretty comfortably. I've galloped him since then and his work's been really sharp. We know he's a very good horse on his day. It took a good one in Dunaden to beat him in the Vase and the winner was a bit more seasoned than us for the 2,400 (meters) that day. Gate eleven's not the best and we'll have to go back, but as long as there's some pace it'll be OK and if there's any rain that's no worry. In fact, that would be a plus for him."
Treasure Beach (colt, 4)
James Kinane, trainer representative
(on No. 13 gate) "You draw what you draw. Aidan (O’Brien) will decide what the horse does from there."
Viscount Nelson (horse, 5)
Trevor Brown, assistant trainer
"There's not much pace in the race so, with the short straight, we want to sit a little closer than usual, although he doesn't have the toe to be very prominent early, even if we wanted to. He's very competitive and he comes here very fit after five runs in Dubai and he had no issues travelling here which is the most important thing. We’ve had no problems with him. He’s eating up and he's well in himself. The question is whether he's good enough. I suspect so but we can't be sure. Sunday will answer that question and probably determine his future. I think the 2,000 (meters) might be his right trip. He's super fit so we don't have to do too much with and I was happy enough with his work yesterday. He's never an early morning star."
Kevin Shea, jockey
"There’s one thing about him. He never shows you anything on the track in the morning."
Zaidan (gelding, 4)
John Moore, trainer
(before the draw of No. 5). "He was exposed early last time. I'd like him to draw in. His run was excellent in the Derby, caught three wide with no cover and over-racing a fraction. That probably cost him the race. He must get cover early and from there I'm happy for Olivier (Doleuze) to ride him for luck. I think I have as good a chance as anyone with my two, although I do acknowledge that Sweet Orange is going to be hard to beat. I do think the race will be won by a local. I'm not convinced about the overseas challenge and the hometown advantage is a big, big factor. Zaidan is really in a purple patch of form. His fourth in the Derby was very good, as he was three wide without cover. I’ve impressed upon Olivier to do his very best to get cover this time, to get him to settle better, because we know he has got a turn of foot. If he can draw a gate, I think he has a bit better chance than Irian on form. Zaidan's a different horse since we gelded him. I've always thought he'd be up to the best."
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