Sea Siren: "this race has always been her target" - trainer John O'SheaPICTURE: HKJC
Siren out to wow the home team in Sprint
Preview: Hong Kong, Sunday 6.40am GMT (live on ATR)
Sha Tin: Longines Hong Kong Sprint (Group 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+
AN Australian filly is hoping to hit the international headlines like Black Caviar in a race which is usually a banker for the home team, as a record of nine Hong Kong wins in the last ten years proves.
Sea Siren has won three of her last five starts in Group 1s and finished second in her last run as she bids to emulate Falvelon, who won the 2001 running. Since then only JJ The Jet Plane, two years ago, has broken the Hong Kong dominance.
The home team is headed by last year's winner Lucky Nine, who was handed a significant handicap with the car-park draw in 12, and could leave Cerise Cherry and Time After Time as the leading local hopes.
What they say . . .
Caspar Fownes, trainer of Lucky Nine
"I can't have him any better - he's the best he's ever been and we'll see just how good he is with the outside draw in 12 to overcome."
Michael Freedman, trainer of Super Easy
"Everything has gone well but I would like a bit of give in the ground for him."
Shogo Yasuda, assistant trainer of Lord Kanaloa and Curren Chan
"Both are in good condition and travelled well. Curren Chan looks as if she is getting into top gear for this race and Lord Kanaloa has a fighting chance as well."
Derek Cruz, trainer of Joy And Fun, Cerise Cherry and Flying Blue
"Cerise Cherry is flying and his last run was good. Joy And Fun has been slow to come back and will come on for this but is a tough horse with a great attitude. Flying Blue has a bad draw and is dropping back in trip but will be running on to the line."
John Moore, trainer of Admiration, Leading City, Time After Time and Captain Sweet
"They've got the draw apart from Admiration in nine and I hope the other three can lay it down to the rest with Leading City taking the other two along.
John O'Shea, trainer of Sea Siren
"She has settled in well after being a bit fresh and keen earlier in the week in her work. It's an enormous task to beat the home sprinters but this race has always been her target and everything has gone to plan."