Australia’s Horse Of The Year and Dylan Thomas, the winner of the same title in Europe, have touched down safely n Hong Kong for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races on December 9. Six-time Gr.1 winner Dylan Thomas arrived from Japan for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase in the early hours of Tuesday morning with no ill effects, according to Pat Keating, travelling head lad for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
“The trip from the quarantine stable in Japan to Sha Tin took about 11 hours. He’s a seasoned traveller and he looks to have settled in very quickly, Keating said. The Vase will be the final race of Dylan Thomas superb career before he retires to stud.
In the past year he has won the Prix Ganay, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He was also named Europe’s Champion Older Horse last week.
Miss Andretti, meanwhile, was named Australia’s Horse of the Year while was she en-route from Melbourne for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint where victory would grant her another title – that of World’s Leading Sprinter. “It was a smooth trip and she has travelled well,” said Scott Magee, trainer Lee Freedman’s travelling foreman.
Click here to watch Dylan Thomas winning the 2007 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
(Stallions Daily Bulletin)