Latrobe will be sent to Hong Kong to race. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
Latrobe will be sent to Hong Kong to race. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Lloyd locks in Hong Kong mission for Latrobe

LATROBE will continue in Joseph O'Brien's care after a decision to tackle next month's Group 1 Longines Vase (2400m) in Hong Kong.

Owner Lloyd Williams has confirmed the Irish Derby winner will head to Sha Tin on December 9 rather than spelling at Mount Macedon.

O'Brien will bid to emulate his father Aidan's Hong Kong feats with Highland Reel, who won the feature twice. Latrobe finished second to Trap For Fools in last Saturday's Mackinnon Stakes.

 

It is understood Somerset Maugham, trained by Aidan O'Brien, will be sent to Sha Tin with Latrobe as a travel companion.

Latrobe is likely to be aimed at Europe's premier 2400m races next year.

Melbourne Cup third placegetter and Lexus Stakes winner A Prince Of Arran is also bound for Hong Kong. Michael Walker is expected to retain the ride.

And Red Verdon, who missed the Melbourne Cup after suffering a hoof abscess, will head to Sha Tin after a luckless Australian campaign.

Runson will chase his first Group 1 win in the Winterbottom Stakes in Perth in December. Picture: AAP
Runson will chase his first Group 1 win in the Winterbottom Stakes in Perth in December. Picture: AAP

Meanwhile, Runson, the horse who smashed the 1200m record at The Valley is heading to Perth to contest the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on December 1.

Runson recorded 1.08.77 min for the 1200m and ran a half a second faster than Brave Smash did when he won the Manikato Stakes, 30 minutes later.

Runson then finished third in the Group 2 TAB Stakes at Flemington behind Osborne Bulls.

"It was a really tough effort I thought. Also, he had to back up eight days after winning at The Valley and I think he was a bit tired," co-trainer Troy Corstens said.

"He's going into the deep end in Perth and I think it's within his capabilities. He'll be suited by being fresh."

Meantime, multiple stakes-winning sprinter Ball Of Muscle won't be heading for Perth after he bled during his easy win in a Canterbury barrier trial on Tuesday.

The eight-year-old will now be sidelined for three months.

His trainer Joseph Pride was setting him for the Winterbottom Stakes.

Ball of Muscle won two races at Caulfield including the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes and also the Group 2 The Shorts in Sydney during the spring carnival.

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