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Little Bridge Royal Ascot Day 1 - 10.06.2012

Little Bridge landing the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June

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Little Bridge back on home soil in Group 2

Preview: Hong Kong, Sunday (8.40am GMT)

Sha Tin: Jockey Club Sprint (Group 2) 6f, turf, 3yo+

Little Bridge (Danny Shum/Zac Purton), disappointing in Japan since beating Bated Breath in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, returns to action in in the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint at Sha Tin.

A winner 11 times at his local track, including in the race 12 months ago, Little Bridge is being primed for the Longines Hong Kong Sprint next month, and Purton, who rode him in a trial over 6f this month, said: "I'm happier with him than I was before he went to Japan.

"I thought his trial was better than the trial he had before Japan. He wasn't trying to break any records, he was out to stretch his legs. His action was good and he feels good.

"There's still improvement there. His coat's a little bit dull and he doesn't feel like he's in top form yet, so I think this run will really bring him on. He'll be peaking in December but I still think he'll be very hard to beat."

Shum spoke in similar vein when he said: "He's not 100 per cent fit but he's coming right with December the target. Lucky Nine and Cerise Cherry will be hard to beat, but he will run well."

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