Douro Valley arrives in Hong Kong

Douro Valley arrived in Hong Kong last night for one of the biggest tests of his career after a 12-hour trip from his Flemington Stables to the Hong Kong Jockey Club Quarantine Centre.

Douro Valley, pictured here stepping off the float in Hong Kong with strapper Jin Takahashi, is Australia's only representative in the $HK14 million International Vase over 2400m on Sunday, December 14.

The seven-year-old took the trip in his stride and he will now be given a few days to acclimatise to his new surroundings.

The Encosta De Lago gelding rounded out his preparations for the international Group 1 with a close second in the Sandown Classic (Group 2, 2400m) on November 15.

Hong Kong-based Australian jockey Darren Beadman will take the ride in the feature as Douro Valley aims to be the first Australian to win the blue ribbon event.

The best finish by an Australian-trained horse in the Vase was a second placing by George Hanlon's Royal Snack in 1996 when he was partnered by Damien Oliver.

Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Jockey Club

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