Hong Kong: Big Orange touches down for Vase

Big Orange is unloaded off his horsebox at Sha Tin on Tuesday

PICTURE: Hong Kong Jockey Club Big Orange touches
down for Vase mission
By James Burn 8:08AM 29 NOV 2016

BIG ORANGE, one of of just two British raiders for next week's Longines-sponsored international races in Hong Kong, has arrived at Sha Tin in advance of his run in the Vase, which boasts prize-money of HK$16.5m (£1.7m/€2m).

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Bill Gredley's gutsy stayer, who is trained in Newmarket by Michael Bell, has arrived from Australia where he finished tenth in the Melbourne Cup four weeks ago.

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Since then, he was third in a Group 2 over 1m4f under Damian Lane, who will keep the ride in the Vase a week on Sunday.

Big Orange, who has won the Princess of Wales's Stakes and Goodwood Cup this year, is a general 10-1 with British bookmakers for the 1m4f Group 1 in which he will face Highland Reel, but not Erupt, who was 14th of 17 in the Japan Cup on Sunday.

Fresh from an impressive victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Highland Reel, also successful in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in July, heads the Vase betting at evens and is due to arrive on Saturday.

He will be joined on his flight by stablemate Cougar Mountain, who runs in the Longines Hong Kong Mile, and the Richard Fahey-trained Growl, Britain's only other representative who contests the Longines Hong Kong Sprint.

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