Profitable trip to Hong Kong

Clive Cox's Profitable could be heading to Sha Tin for the Group One Longines Hong Kong Sprint in December.

Profitable could try his luck in Hong Kong

The King's Stand Stakes winner could attempt to become the first European winner of the race although Sole Power proved it is not an impossible task when taking second three years ago.

On that occasion, the Irish stalwart defeated all bar one, and that one was the exceptional Japanese champion Lord Kanaloa.

Profitable would be Clive Cox's first runner in Hong Kong and the four-year-old's trainer said: "It is possible Profitable could go for the Hong Kong Sprint.

"There is obviously a fair gap between the Abbaye and Hong Kong, so we are going to let the horse take the lead and we will see how he is nearer the race,"

Profitable finished seventh in France was last seen running a solid seventh of 17 and the Invincible Spirit colt's best efforts to date have come at five furlongs, with all five career wins achieved at that distance. But the bay does have top-class six-furlong form in the book, too, notably when fourth behind Limato in the July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket.

"He is pretty versatile as regards to ground and, if we went to Hong Kong, it would be his first run around a turn.

"We would be hopeful that six furlongs around a turn would be more suitable than the straight six furlongs at Newmarket," Cox added.

The Queen could have her a second runner at the meeting four years on from her first with Dartmouth due to line up in the Longines Hong Kong Cup.

The Dubawi colt has developed into a high-class performer this with a pair of Group Three wins in the spring followed by victory at Royal Ascot in the Hardwicke Stakes. Since since then the four-year-old has placed third toHighland Reel in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at that same venue and second to Erupt in last month's Canadian International at Woodbine, Canada.

John Warren, The Queen's bloodstock and racing advisor, said: "We haven't discounted the idea of the Hong Kong Vase for Dartmouth. He has been very well since his second in the Canadian International and we will see how he is nearer the time."

"Hong Kong is on the radar and the decision as to his participation will be down to the wire," Warren added. "The horse has been tremendously consistent all year and it is absolutely the plan that he will stay in training next year."

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