Aidan O’Brien’s team settling in well ahead of the Longines Hong Kong International races

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THE British and Irish raiders have reportedly settled in effectively forward of Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong Worldwide races.

A robust crew from abroad is ready to problem the native hopes in Hong Kong with jockey Glyn Schofield confirming he’ll journey Willie Mullins’ Max Dynamite within the Longines Hong Kong Vase.

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Ricci and Mullins are set to run Max Dynamite

 

He advised www.hkjc.com: “When the journey appeared like it will turn into obtainable, I merely rang up and requested the query. I did briefly meet the connections in Melbourne and I am delighted to be given the possibility to journey him.

“He looks well and I’m very happy to be on him. He’s in with a chance on his Melbourne Cup run.”

Max Dynamite had a steady canter on the Sha Tin all-weather track on Monday and Mullins’ assistant David Casey added: “He’s in great order and was feeling good this morning. He’s travelled up well from Melbourne.”

 Aidan O'Brien has a strong team in Hong Kong this year

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Aidan O’Brien has a strong team in Hong Kong this year

Aidan O’Brien has a strong team headed by 2015 Vase hero Highland Reel, with Cup contenders Deauville and War Decree along with Mile runners Roly Poly and Lancaster Bomber.

Travelling head lad Pat Keating said: “They’ve all travelled well, not a bother amongst them.”

 Highland Reel won the Vase back in 2015

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Highland Reel won the Vase back in 2015

Harry Dunlop’s Cup runner Robin Of Navan was one of the British contenders on show as he undertook some light work and schooled in the parade ring.

Dunlop’s wife Christina said: “All his previous foreign travel so far has been by lorry, but he’s taken this flight brilliantly and has been neighing happily since. He’ll do some more serious work when Harry is here later this week.”

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The Andrew Balding-trained Blond Me also goes for Cup glory and work rider Leanne Masterton said: “I couldn’t be happier, we didn’t do much but she felt great.”

 

Richard Hannon’s Danehill Kodiac also runs in the Vase after winning the Cumberland Lodge and finishing third in the St Simon Stakes on his last two starts.

Travelling head lad Tony Gorman said: “He’s travelled here super, and he was very fresh this morning. He’ll do some more serious work on the grass later in the week when the boss (Richard Hannon) is here, but he’s very fit already.”



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