Siyouma can sparkle at Sha Tin
View from the European connections ahead of the Longines Hong Kong Cup card at Sha Tin on Sunday morning.
Last Updated: 07/12/12 10:22am
Siyouma: In fine condition ahead of her run in Hong Kong
Francois Doumen's Siyouma is aiming for a Group One hat-trick in the Longines Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday morning.
She was something of a surprise winner of the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket and then went over to Canada to land the EP Taylor Stakes in impressive fashion.
"Every time she has raced this year she has made a major improvement and hopefully that will continue on Sunday," said Doumen.
"She handled the flight from Toronto very well. She regained weight immediately after her arrival and she has the ideal temperament for travel.
"We had the choice of running in the Cup or the Mile.
"I preferred the Mile which I think is the better option for her at this stage even though the longer trip is no issue for her. Her coat is very shiny, which is a good sign in a female."
Taking on Siyouma is Tom Hogan's Gordon Lord Byron, winner of the Prix de la Foret, John Moore's Xtension, formerly trained by Clive Cox, and the Haggas-trained Master Of Hounds.Connections of Carlton House are "upbeat" about his chances in the Longines Hong Kong Cup following a satisfying breeze on Friday morning.
The Queen's four-year-old will be having his final run for Sir Michael Stoute before he is transferred into the care of Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse.
Stoute said: "He had a nice, steady four-furlong workout and came through it well.
"He's travelled well and he looks to be in good shape to my eye."
John Warren, racing manager for the Queen, said: "Everyone around Carlton House is upbeat, including his jockey Ryan Moore.
"Although he hasn't had much overseas travelling experience he seems to have taken everything in his stride.
"He's got a good draw, this is his best distance, and ticks are in all the boxes.
"Ryan will be taking his hood off once he is in the stalls, which helps to settle him.
"I spoke to The Queen (on Thursday) and she is really looking forward to the race and to Carlton House's subsequent ventures in Australia."Dancing Rain, trained by William Haggas, is one of a clutch of European raiders with strong claims in the Hong Kong Vase.
The 2011 Oaks heroine has had just one previous run this year, when an honourable third in the British Champions Fillies' And Mares' Stakes at Ascot in October.
Maureen Haggas, wife of the Newmarket handler, said: "She seems to have grown up a bit mentally since last year.
"She's fresh and should like the ground here a lot better than she did at Ascot on her last start.
"That was her first run in a long time, and all things considered she ran well - hopefully she'll come on for that run."
Canadian International winner Joshua Tree also takes his chance for the Marco Botti team.
Botti said: "He's in good order, despite having had a long season, but he's such a consistent horse.
"He'll be up on the pace as always but I don't think it's necessary for him to lead."
Dandino finished second in the Canadian International at Woodbine in October and renews rivalry with Joshua Tree.
Trainer James Fanshawe said: "Everything has gone well so far, and he seems very well. He's taken everything in his stride so far."
Dunaden won the Vase 12 months ago, but must respond positively following a disappointing run in his defence of the Melbourne Cup last month.
Trainer Mikel Delzangles said: "The horse is very well.
"I'm not sure about the pace in the race but he's drawn well and I would have no problem if he was sitting behind the leader with cover. He doesn't have to get too far back."
Owner Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani said: "Obviously it is different than last year when he came here off the back of his Melbourne Cup win and this time he was disappointing there.
"He had a bit of a muscle problem then and his work times since have been a couple of seconds slower than last year. However, this course and distance are ideal and we remain hopeful."
Red Cadeaux had a busy November, finishing eighth in both the Melbourne and Japan Cup, and again represents Newmarket trainer Ed Dunlop.
The six-year-old gelding claimed third place in the Vase last year.
Dunlop said: "He's ticking along OK and his form is better than it looks.
"He was the first European home in the Japan Cup on ground which was too firm for his liking - don't underestimate how good the Japanese horses are.
"In the Melbourne Cup, he just got too far back with the pace against him.
"I'm not doing a lot with him - he only ran 10 days or so ago in Japan - and he appears to be in good shape.
"I don't know if he can win but I hope he'll be in the mix."
Sea Moon is also giving off the right signals following a gentle workout on the Sha Tin turf course on Friday.
Stoute said: "That was just a nice breeze - the horse is well."