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All Silent Confirmed For Hong Kong Trip

Tuesday, 17th November 2009

Meanwhile Randwick trainer Grahame Begg “has dismissed suggestions” Gr1-winning 6YO gelding All Silent (Belong To Me-Lisheenowen, by Semipalatinsk) “could struggle to reproduce his best form when he takes on the world's best sprinters in Hong Kong next month,” reported The Daily Telegraph. All Silent (being set for the Gr1 Hong Kong International Sprint over 1200m at Sha Tin) travelled to HK a few years ago “but did not do well there & never got to the racetrack”. However Begg explained: “I don't think it was a matter of him not settling in when he last went to Hong Kong; it was more his immaturity as he was a young horse back then. He is a 6YO now, he has had a few interstate trips & he is more street-wise. I don't think he will have a problem in HK this time.” Begg confirmed an official invitation for All Silent to contest the International Sprint was received late last week & All Silent “joins reigning Australian Horse-Of-The-Year Scenic Blast & Apache Cat as definite Australian-trained starters”. At his last start, All Silent (passed-in as a yearling for $280,000 at the 2005 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) won the Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 7 & overall boasts 8 wins (also including October’s Gr2 Gilgai Stakes over 1200m at Flemington & March's Gr2 Canterbury Stakes over 1300m at Rosehill, plus 2008's Gr1 Emirates Stakes over 1600m at Flemington, Gr3 AAMI International Travel Insurance Stakes over 1400m at Flemington & Gr2 Ajax Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill) & 2 placings (including May's Gr1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350m at Doomben) from 19 starts for $1,595,825 earnings. Begg summed up: “He's in really good shape. He will leave for Hong Kong at the end of the month, but won't race again before the (International) Sprint.”

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