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Lloyd To Ride Dao Dao In HK Gr1 Champions Mile
In Hong Kong, former South African jockey Jeff Lloyd has been confirmed as the rider for Australian-bred 6YO gelding Dao Dao (Shinko Forest-Casual Way, by Casual Lies) in next Sunday's Gr1 Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin. Dao Dao (who finished 3rd in the Champions Mile last year) was runner-up in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in Sydney on April 3 before leaving for HK & trainer Michael Hawkes commented yesterday: "I'd say he travelled a little better this year & has settled in a little better. I really couldn't be happier with him. I just hope he draws a (good) gate & then hopefully the result, for us, will also be a little better."