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Hong Kong Vase: Glory Vase shoots for three as Moreira returns

David Morgan and Andrew Le Jeune assess the international runners set to contest Sunday's G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase, including two-time winner Glory Vase.

Hong Kong has won the Hong Kong Vase just three times since it was inaugurated in 1994 and Japan’s Glory Vase will attempt to match that total at his fourth assault on the 2400-metre race, with the returning Joao Moreira the man in the saddle as well as the spotlight.

Glory Vase represents Japan, along with Win Marilyn, a mare with fine credentials having placed second in the G1 Japanese Oaks as a three-year-old, as well as in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup last month. 

A Japanese runner has won three of the last six editions, with two wins in that time for Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien who has won the race three times. But O’Brien’s trio of contenders this time looks to be a shade below the likes of his two-time winner Highland Reel.

The European challenge seems somewhat light this time around and there is no British contender in this or any other HKIR race this year but Botanik for France and Germany’s Mendocino have merit to their form. 

Watch Asian Racing Report’s David Morgan and Andrew Le Jeune discuss the race: 

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