Victorian jockey Nicholas Hall will make a special trip to Sydney to partner Hong Kong Sprint contender All Silent in a jumpout at Randwick on Friday.
Hall has ridden the Grahame Begg-trained gelding in both starts this campaign, winning last month’s Group Two Gilgai Stakes and the Group One Patinack Farm Classic 2009 on November 7.
However he hasn’t been aboard the six-year-old since and with All Silent booked to leave for Hong Kong on Monday, Hall will take the chance to renew his association with the gelding in Friday’s gallop.
“Nick Hall will come up on Thursday night and ride him in the jumpout on Friday,” Begg said.
“The horse is ticking over very nicely.”
All Silent is considered one of the leading contenders for the 2009 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on December 13 along with fellow Australian stars Apache Cat and Scenic Blast.
Begg has already tasted success there having won the Hong Kong Bowl with Monopolize in consecutive years in 1995 and 1996.
He has used that experience and a similar recipe to prepare All Silent and believes the key to travelling horses is to have them fit and ready before they leave.
“There are a lot of similarities between the two horses,” Begg said.
“The idea is to get everything in place, that’s how I like to do it, and to get there in plenty of time to give him a chance to settle in.
“He’ll be fit to go so he won’t have to do a lot of work when he gets there.
“The trip over is like a race for them, maybe even two races.”
All Silent will travel to Hong Kong on the same flight as the John O’Shea-trained Racing To Win who will also take part in Friday’s jumpout.
Racing To Win will contest the International Mile (1600m) after O’Shea successfully sought permission to switch his target from the Cup (2000m).
The gelding is now likely to face a clash with emerging Hong Kong star Happy Zero, a brilliant winner of the Sprint Trial on Sunday.
Happy Zero was initially expected to line up against All Silent in the Sprint but his trainer John Moore has intimated he may tackle the Mile race instead.
Article by Mandy Cottell Aapracing