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Aethero’s ready to fly again with Champions Day in sight

Brilliant three-year-old Aethero (Sebring) will make an eagerly-awaited return in Sunday’s Sprint Cup (Gr 2, 1200m) at Sha Tin with Group 1 glory and a legend’s benchmark blinking on the radar. The John Moore-trained galloper is only two points shy of the 121 rating the great Silent Witness (El Moxie) achieved as a three-year-old in 2003 – the highest Hong Kong rating this century for a horse of that age. “Silent Witness has a statue in front of the grandstand, we all know what a great horse he was, so for Aethero to be rated only two pounds behind his three-year-old rating, that’s already impressive,” Moore said. “Aethero threw a temperature after the Hong Kong Sprint and that told me we needed to back off him and give him plenty of time to recover. The Hong Kong Sprint came earlier in his career than would normally have been ideal. Now he’s showing us that he’s in good health and his trial the other day was much better, right up to expectations.”

 

Appleby looks to Japan with Europe, UAE racing on hold

With racing shut down in Europe and the Dubai World Cup Carnival coming to a premature halt, Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby is looking to the Far East to be able to run his team in the coming weeks. Appleby has entered a number of his string for races in Japan, including Well Of Wisdom (Oasis Dream) for the NHK Mile Cup (Gr 1, 1600m) and Magic Lily (New Approach) in the Victoria Mile (Gr 1, 1600m). Others entered for stakes races in the country are First Nation (Dubawi), Glorious Journey (Dubawi), Mubtasim (Arcano), Mythical Magic (Iffraaj), Space Blues (Dubawi) and Spotify (Redoute’s Choice).