There’s been plenty of action taking part across the Irish Sea and the sunnier climates across the world over the weekend, with some high-class jumps racing as well as championship turf events in the far east, here’s what happened across the globe.
The pick of the racing came from Hong Kong, with Sha Tin hosting the annual Hong Kong International Races. Despite a plethora of European raiders, none of them could get on the scoreboard on a card dominated by the host trainers.
Silvestre De Sousa continued his flying form on his winter stint when guiding Glorious Forever to victory in the Longines Hong Kong Cup.
The four-year-old, who used to be trained in the UK by Ed Walker, held off the determined challenge of favourite Deirdre to provide De Sousa with his maiden group one success in Hong Kong.
Beauty Generation proved himself to be one of the world’s leading milers when pulverising his opposition to claim the Hong Kong Mile.
Royal Ascot could now be a long-term target for the six-year-old, who was winning this race for the second year in a row. European raiders One Master, Beat the Bank and Inns of Court finished down the field.
Mr Stunning produced a stunning performance to land the Hong Kong Sprint, where British raider Sir Dancealot finished last, and Eziyra produced a gallant effort in finishing third in the Hong Kong Vase, but she was no match for the winner, Exultant.
In Japan, the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies went the way of Danon Fantasy for Italian jockey Cristian Demuro. The Japanese classics could be on the agenda for the two-year-old next season.