Jockeying for position as four-year-old series takes shape

Winning Dreamer rules himself out of the HK$12 million Classic Mile and ky Darci confirms he will be one of the leading contenders

The Classic Mile is less than three weeks away and the New Year’s Day races helped answer some key questions ahead of the start of the four-year-old series – but it’s more about who isn’t chasing the huge prize money on offer.

Frankie Lor Fu-chuen’s exciting gelding Winning Dreamer won’t be contesting any of the three features after his winning streak was halted at six in the Group Three Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1,400m).

The trainer was under pressure from the owners to test Winning Dreamer beyond 1,200m – with a view to competing in the HK$12 million Classic Mile – but everything went wrong on Friday.

Jockey Vincent Ho Chak-yiu caused significant interference to half the field as he tried to force a run that wasn’t there before just paddling up the straight to finish five and quarter lengths behind Champion’s Way.

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