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HK: Lor takes aim at Champions & Chater Cup

Frankie Lor is expecting much the same from Reliable Team (Reliable Man) in Sunday’s Champions & Chater Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) at Sha Tin but admits he won’t be afraid to see things change up if the go-forward grey doesn’t get his own way. “We’ll see whether he leads, if he can it would be better but if someone else goes crazy then maybe we’ll let them go and sit second or third which is better than going all out together so that he can’t finish,” the trainer said. An on-pacer since his arrival in Hong Kong, Reliable Team has seven wins including his biggest scalp in November’s Jockey Club Cup (Gr 2, 2000m). “His form is good, it depends on the speed in the race. Ka Ying Star is also in the race, so maybe he won’t lead, we’ll see,” Lor said. “The distance is no problem for him, it will all depend on who tries to lead and if we’re on our own out there it would be better, especially if we get a good draw, then it’s easier to get to the front.”

 

HK: Emerging talent Lucky With You lines up at Happy Valley

Lucky With You (Artie Schiller) is showing all the makings of being a star of the future and the progressive four-year-old will experience a Happy Valley race night for the first time when he contests tonight’s Class 2 Grass Island Handicap (1200m). A four-time winner from eight runs for David Hayes, Lucky With You impressed last start with a smart win in Class 2, coming from off the speed to halt Cordyceps Six’s (Star Turn) hat-trick bid, while earlier this season claimed a pair of tidy Class 3 successes. Karis Teetan knows Lucky With You well and is looking for a fourth win aboard the 91-rater when the pair break from gate three against 11 opponents. “He’s definitely a horse that’s going to improve with a high rating next season, so it’s going to be interesting.” Teetan said. “He’s going to Happy Valley for the first time which will be a test but I think it’s going to suit him and if the pace is on, he will have the finish that he gave us last time.”

 

HK: Harleymoven sold to David Hayes

Adelaide stakes winner Harleymoven (Foxwedge) has been sold to Hong Kong and trainer David Hayes after Dan Clarken revealed he and co-trainer Oopy Macgillivray had accepted an offer of $1 million for the three-year-old. Harleymoven, who was passed in as a yearling, won the Port Adelaide Guineas (Listed, 1800m) at Morphettville in April and most recently finished eighth in the South Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) on Saturday. “We were driving home … after the Derby, and JD Hayes rang, and he asked if we were interested in selling that horse,” Clarken told Racing.com. “JD Hayes said $1 million, and we thought ‘OK, let’s talk and see what you’ve got to say’. JD said he’d ring us back on Sunday, but he’d spoken to the old man and David Hayes said ‘no you better ring them now!’” Harleymoven, rated 76 in Australia, will undergo a vet check on Friday before his departure to Hong Kong. “Where his rating is at the moment once they get him to Hong Kong, it gives them quite a big range of what they can do. He’s still lightly rated, that gives them a fair bit of scope as to what they do with him.”