HONG KONG — Connections declared it all systems go as Japan’s challengers in Hong Kong’s International Races were taken through their final pre-race paces Friday morning at Sha Tin Racecourse. Of the three Japanese horses taking on the Mile, the top-rated Lohengrin was given the most amount of work Friday, breezing over the all-weather track under assistant trainer Takayuki Chubachi.
Telegnosis, with assistant trainer Yoshihiro Kishi aboard, cantered two laps of the same with Admire Max galloping lightly over a lap under Yuta Komiyama. Lohengrin trainer Masanori Ito, was very pleased with the Singspiel-sired 4-year-old. “He’s doing very well. Everything is going to plan.” Ito said. Ito walked the track earlier in the morning and found it “very similar to the Japanese turf. I don’t know if they’re going to water it but if not I think it may be a bit hard for the European horses,” he said.