Hong Kong Sprint Hopefuls on Track

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Green Mask | HKJC photo

North American contenders Mongolian Saturday (Any Given Saturday) and Green Mask (Mizzen Mast) took to the track at Sha Tin Monday morning to prep for Sunday’s G1 Hong Kong Sprint. GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mongolian Saturday went 800 meters over the turf in :53.8.

Trainer Ganbat Enebish was pleased with the move.

“He behaved himself this morning and everything is good,” Enebish commented.

His Breeders’ Cup victory is Mongolian Saturday’s only graded stakes win to date, although he was runner-up in this year’s GIII Turf Monster H., GIII Parx Dash H. and GIII Woodford S.

Green Mask, third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, also went 800 meters over the turf, covering the distance in :47.3. It was the 4-year-old’s second work in Hong Kong and jockey Joao Moreira, aboard for Monday’s drill, saw improvement from the first local work.

“He feels more confident in what to do,” said Moreira. “Last week, I had to give him some whacks to get him going, which I didn’t have to do today. He definitely worked better. It seems they have him ready to go for the big race.”

Trained by Wesley Ward, Green Mask is making his second international trip. The gelding was third in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March.

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