Hong Kong Stayer Targets The Championships

Top class Hong Kong performer Dominant is the latest overseas racehorse heading to Sydney for the 2015 The Championships in April.

Trainer John Moore is planning to run Dominant in the $1.6 million Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) on Day Two of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday 11 April.

The Irish-bred seven-year-old last raced on December 14 when he finished a close-up fourth behind Flintshire in the Group One Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin.

Dominant had powered home to claim the Hong Kong Vase in 2013 when ridden by Zac Purton. The horse has also won the Group Three Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) at the same course.

Dominant travelled to Dubai in March last year, finishing a creditable fifth to Japanese champion Gentildonna in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic (2410m) after travelling wide to be beaten just over two lengths.

“The news that Dominant is coming over for the Sydney Cup further strengthens the international competition for The Championships on the back of last week’s announcement that four Japanese horses are heading our way,” said Racing NSW Chairman, John Messara AM.

“John Moore is keen for Dominant to run in the Sydney Cup and I believe he is also looking at a start in the BMW as a lead-up.”

John Moore said: “He [Dominant] wants 2400-metres and farther so there aren’t many races here [Hong Kong] for him. But he’d be a good chance to get softer, more suitable going in Sydney at that time of year.”

The 2015 The Championships is staged on Saturday 4th and 11th of April at Royal Randwick, where the 12 grand finals of Australian Thoroughbred racing incorporates eight Group One events as well as the initial Provincial and Country Championships.