Anthony Van Dyck is likely to be Aidan O’Brien’s main challenger for the Hong Kong international races on December 8.
The Investec Derby hero was most recently third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, suffering an unfortunate passage at a crucial stage in the Santa Anita showpiece. He is expected to take his chance in the Hong Kong Vase.
However, Champion Stakes heroine Magical will not be travelling, the PA news agency understands, with the mare still due to meet No Nay Never, despite her name appearing among the possible runners in the Hong Kong Cup.
Along with Anthony Van Dyck, O’Brien’s Mount Everest and Magic Wand, a recent Grade One winner in Australia, are in the frame to make the journey to Sha Tin.
“We are delighted that the quality of the selected runners for this year’s Longines Hong Kong International Races is in keeping with our long-held commitment to deliver sporting excellence,” said Hong Kong Jockey Club executive director of racing Andrew Harding.
Roger Charlton’s Aspetar, Charlie Fellowes’ Prince Of Arran and the William Haggas-trained Young Rascal are also down to run in the Vase, while Sir Michael Stoute’s Zaaki is in the Mile.