Well done to those of you that have been keeping the Horse Racing thread alive despite there being little to get excited about.
The number of comments there are getting a bit lengthy so I've been asked to start a new thread to tidy things up so here goes.
Racing in Australia and New Zealand coninues as do meetings in North America where there's racing from Fonner Park, Nebraska and Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma today. Let us know if you have any fancies in the comments below.
The biggest is on Sunday where it's Champions Day at Sha Tin in Hong Kong. Three Group One races dominate the card; Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Champions Mile and the Chairman's Sprint Prize. With the help of our friends at Bet365 here's a a look at the key races.
Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Sun 26 April)
Former Champion Thoroughbred jockey Tony Cruz will be aiming for his third winner in five years with three-time Group 1 winner Exultant, who looks set to go off as a short-priced favourite (currently 11/4 Bet365).
Cruz also has Furore (7/2 Bet365), winner of last year’s Hong Kong derby, in the race and will fancy his chances of with the two main contenders.
Champions Mile (Sun 26 April)
Beauty Generation (4/5 Bet365) is aiming to make it three Champions Mile wins on the spin for Zac Purton and John Moore. He is Hong Kong’s highest-ever rated horse and was crowned one of the best in world following a 10-in-a-row winning streak back in October.
His bulletproof form was punctured with a shock defeat to High Rise in the Group Two Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy but there are still plenty of targets for his owners, the Kwok family, to aim for.
With that defeat well and truly behind him he looks set for another shot at glory on Sunday.
Chairman’s Sprint Prize (Sun 26 April)
Aussie trainer John Size goes for three-in-a-row in the Chairman's Sprint Prize on Sunday with current joint favourite (and Denman gelding) Hot King Prawn (7/4 Bet365).
Last year's race was won by Size's Beat the Clock but he misses out this time round through injury so his hopes are pinned on Hot King Prawn to land the HK$16,000,000 (£1.67m) prize.
John Moore's Athero shares favouritsim at present and he hasn't been shy about his chances. If he lives up to the hype he could be Hong Kong's next big thing.
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