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Niconero & Dao Dao Selected For HK Gr1s
Meanwhile 2 Australian-trained horses are among the "selected runners" announced yesterday by HK Jockey Club head of handicapping Nigel Gray for its 2 feature Gr1 events at Sha Tin on Sunday April 26:
- David Hayes-trained 5-time Gr1-winning 7YO gelding Niconero (Danzero-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) is listed for the HK$14 million (A$2.8 million) Gr1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m). Niconero finished 4th in last month's Gr1 Dubai Duty Free (1777m on turf) at Nad Al Sheba, after winning both the Gr1 Darley Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington & Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield at his previous starts. Overall he boasts 13 wins & 10 placings (7 in Gr1 races) from 54 starts.
- John Hawkes-trained stakes-winning 5YO gelding Dao Dao (Shinko Forest-Casual Way, by Casual Lies) is listed for the HK$12 million (A$2.4 million) Gr1 Champions Mile (3rd leg of the 2009 Asian Mile Challenge) over 1600m. Dao Dao (who previously raced in HK) won last weekend's Listed Royal Parma (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney & overall has 7 wins & 3 runners-up from 13 starts.