christophe soumillon jockey
christophe soumillon jockey

Christophe Soumillon

(Photo : Journal de l’Equitation)

IMBONGI, CHRISTOPHE SOUMILLON AND THE HONG KONG MILE

News yesterday morning, was that Europe’s best jockey, Christophe Soumillon had confirmed his availability for the ride on Imbongiin next week’s Hong Kong Mile. It’s no different to the motor racing world, where it matters whether you get Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton or Michael Schumacher. The jockey counts, and this a first step in the right direction.

Imbongi is still sitting in Dubai, awaiting the conclusion of his quarantine after a cracker of a season during the Carnival, and ran a “buster” of a run on World Cup night. He must’ve been looking forward to his break, though Mike de Kock knows, you can’t rest forever. The Hong Kong Mile is always one of the most competitive events at the distance in the world, and this one will be no different. Imbongi will have to be at the top of his game to justify Soumillon’s trip across the eight time zones to partner him.

Knowing Imbongi, he’ll make it count. 

HK$12MILLION CHAMPIONS MILE (Group 1)

Sha Tin, 1600m, Turf

25 April 2010

Final Selections

Horse

Country

Int Rating

Age

Weight (lb)

Trainer

GOOD BA BA (USA)**

Hong Kong

112

8

126

Derek Cruz

EGYPTIAN RA (NZ)*

Hong Kong

119

8

126

Tony Cruz

FELLOWSHIP (NZ)*

Hong Kong

118

7

126

Paul O’Sullivan

SIGHT WINNER (NZ)**

Hong Kong

117

6

126

John Size

ABLE ONE (NZ)**

Hong Kong

116

7

126

John Moore

BEAUTY FLASH (NZ)*

Hong Kong

116

4

126

Tony Cruz

DAO DAO (AUS)

Australia

116

6

126

John Hawkes

THUMBS UP (NZ)*

Hong Kong

115

5

126

Danny Shum

CAT JUNIOR (USA)

Great Britain

114

5

126

Brian Meehan

IMBONGI (SAF)

South Africa

114

5

126

Mike de Kock

SUNNY KING (IRE)

Hong Kong

114

7

126

John Moore

FAIR TRADE (AUS)

Hong Kong

111

4

126

Caspar Fownes

BRAVE KID (AUS)

Hong Kong

110

4

126

John Size

Note :

** International Group 1 Winner

* Hong Kong Group 1 Winner