Alcopop Confirmed As 2012 Hong Kong Starter

November 26th, 2012

Alcopop has earned himself an invitation to the 2012 Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin racecourse on December 9, 2012.

After a stellar spring campaign, the crowd favourite will travel overseas for his first international campaign.

Alcopop is expected to be one of the outsiders in the race, which is the richest 2,000 metre events in the world.

The eight-year-old finished second in both the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes and Group 1 Caulfield Cup this spring racing carnival, before winning the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, 2012.

Trainer Jake Stephens is looking for an opportunity to prove Alcopop is still at the top of his game.

“I got a bit sick of everyone looking at him as though his best runs were some kind of fluke,” Stephens said.

“He deserves to be accepted as the very good horse that he is.”

Stephens feels Alcopop proved the majority of his doubters wrong in the Mackinnon Stakes last start.

“I felt like telling everyone who doubted him to get stuffed after he won the Mackinnon,” Stephens said.

The trainer admitted that he hadn’t planned to take Alcopop to Hong Kong, however, his recent form meant he had no other choice but to give him his chance.

“I really hadn’t thought of going but one of his owners insisted on getting him vaccinated just in case,” he said.

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