Locally based horses won three of the four feature races in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races Dec. 11 at Sha Tin, according to Bloodhorse.com. The exception came in the $1.8 million Hong Kong Vase, which was taken by Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden, a 5-year-old French-bred son of Nicobar trained by Mikel Delzangles.
Lucky Nine won the $1.8 million Hong Kong Sprint, in which the top four finishers were Hong Kong based. Trainer Caspar Fownes said he will look at future opportunities for Lucky Nine in Dubai.
The $2.6 million Hong Kong Mile produced an upset when Able One, who was scratched from the gate in last year's running, won this year's event at odds of 61-1. Able One is a 9-year-old New Zealand-bred Cape Cross gelding trained by John Moore.
The day wrapped up with the $2.6 million Hong Kong Cup, won by California Memory, a 5-year-old gelding by Highest Honor trained by Tony Cruz.
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