Sir Dancealot in good shape for Hong Kong Sprint mission

Sir Dancealot will represent David Elsworth in Hong Kong

David Elsworth is excited at the prospect of saddling Sir Dancealot in Hong Kong next weekend.

The four-year-old has performed with great credit this year, getting his head in front on four occasions, including in Group Two company at Goodwood and Newbury.

The gelding has also finished a close fifth in the Prix de l’Abbaye and the Champions Sprint at Ascot.

Elsworth is nearing his 79th birthday – but his enthusiasm for training remains undimmed in the autumn of a hugely successful career that has seen him succeed at the sport’s highest reaches – over jumps and on the Flat.

He said: “We’d been thinking about the Hong Kong races for a while, but there isn’t a race at seven furlongs. My first thought was to stretch him out for the Mile, but I discussed things with his jockey Gerald Mosse.

“Gerald has a lot of Hong Kong experience and after discussing things we decided the Mile looked tough and that Sir Dancealot would be better suited by six furlongs, good ground and a strong pace – so the Sprint is the way we went.”

While not underestimating the task ahead, Elsworth clearly holds his stable star in high regard.

“It’s a high-class race, of course it is, but Sir Dancealot has done nothing wrong all year – he’s the only one coming out from Europe for the Sprint, so we’ll give it a go,” he said.

“His one poor run was at Haydock when the ground was heavy. He’s only a four-year-old, but he’s improved all year and hopefully he’ll have a few more seasons in him yet.”