Jack Hobbs has Hong Kong option

Jack Hobbs could travel to the Far East for the Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on December 11.

Jack Hobbs (right): Hong Kong option

Connections of last year's Irish Derby hero want to make up for lost time after the John Gosden-trained colt missed most of the campaign having being injured on his seasonal debut in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in April.

Jack Hobbs made a highly-encouraging comeback from a stress fracture when third to Almanzor and Found in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, over a trip short of his best, to show he has made a full recovery and retains all his ability.

"Almanzor is the best three-year-old in Europe and Found is an Arc winner, so to be third to them is great. I'm thrilled with it," said Gosden.

"He wants a mile and a half, but he finished really strongly.

"He'll go to Dubai in March and we'll have a look at the Hong Kong Vase. After all he's only had one race this year. He's looking great and enjoying life.

"He worked well going into the race and had a racecourse gallop. I think there's a lot of improvement in him. He's like his dad (Halling) – improving with age."

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