Final Acceptances – Hong Kong Cup 2012

December 4th, 2012

The final acceptances have been announced for the 2012 Hong Kong Cup, which will take place at Sha Tin Racecourse this Sunday December 9, 2012.

Included in the 2012 Hong Kong Sprint final acceptances is Australian veteran galloper Alcopop.

Alcopop has won 10 of his 33 race starts and has earned more than $1.68 million in prize money during his horse racing career.

The Jeune gelding won his last start in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes, after placing a close second in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup in his previous run.

Alcopop has proved that he is still in his career best form and is looking to win his first international race start in the 2012 Hong Kong Cup.

The eight-year-old will be one of six international horses that will have to tough it out against seven local horses in the current list of final acceptances.

While there were reports Alcopop had lost a large amount of weight in his travels from Australia to Hong Kong, trainer Jake Stephens has assured the public that the horse is in the best of form.

“He’s in good shape,” Stephens said.

“I know there were reports he lost a lot of weight on the flight but it was more in the couple of days after he arrived.

“He had weight on him which he could afford to lose. He’s only lost what he needed to.

“He’s eating up well and he’s now close to his ideal racing weight, which is perfect.”

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2012 Hong Kong Cup Final Acceptances

Horse (Brand No) Representing Trainer Wt. Int’l Rating Rtg.+/-
CIRRUS DES AIGLES (L623) France Barande-Barbe 126 130
CALIFORNIA MEMORY (L135) Hong Kong A S Cruz 126 120 126 (+0)
CARLTON HOUSE (P612) Great Britain Sir M R Stoute 126 119
ALCOPOP (P613) Australia J Stephens 126 116
SWEET ORANGE (M289) Hong Kong D E Ferraris 126 116 118 (+0)
IRIAN (L187) Hong Kong J Moore 126 114 119 (+2)
ZAIDAN (M234) Hong Kong J Moore 126 114 119 (+2)
DAN EXCEL (N195) Hong Kong J Moore 126 113 108 (+5)
MILITARY ATTACK (N175) Hong Kong J Moore 126 109 108 (+0)
SAONOIS (P615) France J-P Gauvin 123 118
FEUERBLITZ (P616) Germany M Figge 123 114
AUTUMN GOLD (P044) Hong Kong S Woods 123 111 100 (+10)
GIOFRA (P617) France de Royer-Dupre 122 116