The 2018 Hong Kong Mile over 1600m is one of four Group 1 races on Longines Hong Kong International Race Day at Sha Tin on Sunday. The Hong Kong Mile has attracted a truly international field of fourteen with runners from Japan, Great Britain, France and Australia set to take on the Hong Kong trained gallopers. Australia will be represented with the Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through with Michael Walker to ride while Hugh Bowman will partner the Tony Cruz trained Beauty Only and James McDonald will be aboard Fifty Fifty for Peter Ho.
We have analysed all 14 runners and our complete 2018 Hong Kong Mile tips can be found below.
The John Moore trained Beauty Generation is the winner of his last four race starts and has been installed as the odds on favourite for the Hong Kong Mile at Ladbrokes.com.au. Beauty Generation is chasing back to back wins in the Hong Kong Mile and has claimed two Group 1 victories at Sha Tin since last year’s victory with wins in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) in February and in the Champions Mile (1600m) in April. Premiership leader Zac Purton takes the ride on Beauty Generation who is coming off a last start win in the Group 2 J C Mile over 1600m at Sha Tin and looks the one to beat.
Japanese galloper Persian Knight hasn’t visited the winner’s stall since winning the Group 1 Mile Championship over 1600m at Kyoto in Japan just over twelve months ago and heads to Hong Kong after finishing second in that race again three weeks ago. Persian Knight is a solid Group 1 performer and can figure in the finish.
The Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through has been installed as one of the outsiders of the field with Ladbrokes.com.au following some ordinary performances during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival after winning first up in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes at Randwick in September. Michael Walker finds himself back on Comin’ Through, replacing Tye Angland who was aboard the gelding for his last start eleventh to Best Of Days in the Group 1 Kennedy Mile over 1600m at Flemington on November 3.
Mozu Ascot is another Japanese galloper testing his luck in Hong Kong but will have to improve on his last start to be a threat after finishing thirteenth in the Group 1 Mile Championship (1600m) at Kyoto in Japan three weeks ago. Christophe Lemaire gets the ride on Mozu Ascot who is a Group 1 winner on his home turf.
The Tony Cruz trained Beauty Only has been out of the winner’s stall since claiming the Group 2 Chairman’s Trophy over 1600m at Sha Tin in April. Beauty Only is fitter for three runs back this preparation and is coming off a last start third in the J C Mile over 1600m at Sha Tin three weeks ago. Place at best.
Beat The Bank
Beat The Bank has made the trip from England to Hong Kong with mixed form and after winning the Group 2 Celebration Mile Stakes over 1600m at Goodwood on August 25, finished down the track when eleventh in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over 1600m at Ascot on October 20. This is no easier.
James McDonald rides the Peter Ho trained local galloper Fifty Fifty who has been installed as one of the outsiders of the field following his last start fifth to Hot King Prawn in the Group 2 J C Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin three weeks ago. Stepping up sharply in distance and tougher here.
Singapore Sling is yet to win at Group 1 level and heads to the Hong Kong Mile following a fourth in the Group 2 J C Mile. Facing a tougher test here.
Southern Legend has been placed once at Group 1 level in the 1600m Champions Mile at Sha Tin in April. The Caspar Fownes trained six year old won the Singapore graded Group 1 Kranji Mile (1600m) four starts back while his latest outing saw him run second to the Hong Kong Mile favourite Beauty Generation in the J C Mile. Has place claims again.
Inns Of Court
Inns Of Court is the only French trained galloper in the Hong Kong Mile field and has performed well at Group 1 level with two placings, his latest a second two starts back in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret (1400m) at Longchamp in France. Was fourth at his latest outing in the 1200m Prix de Seine-et-Oise at Maisons-Laffitte on October 31. Could figure in the minor prizemoney.
The Magic Man Joao Moreira takes the ride on Nothinglikemore and he will need more than his magic wand if he is to get the John Size trained gelding home coming off a sixth in the Group 2 1600m Sha Tin Trophy on October 21.
What Else But You
What Else But You has been posted as the outsider of the Hong Kong Mile field at Ladbrokes.com.au coming off a last start second in a 1600m Handicap at Sha Tin a fornight ago.
English trained galloper One Master has to be a considered an each way chance after winning the 1400m Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in France before running fifth in the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile (1600m) at Churchill Downs in the USA.
Vivlos is the third runner from the Land Of The Rising Sun and looks safely held on her last start eighth in the Group 1 Tenno Sho Autumn over 2000m at Tokyo in Japan on October 28.