HK swansong still on for The United States –

The United States

The United States (Image: Bradley Photos)

The United States is likely to be given a chance to finish his racing career with an international win, the budding stallion still being aimed at a Group 1 race in Hong Kong later this month.

Having endured a testing run before finishing fourth to the super mare Winx in last Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, The United States’ co-owner Nick Williams said on Monday that the seven-year-old import had pulled up well and one more run would be seriously considered.

“He’s had a pretty tough run on Saturday and he got home this morning so we’ll give him a few days and see how he goes and we’ll accept the invitation if he’s right,” Williams said.

“It’s always a tough run against good horses. He got knocked over by Hartnell so we’ll make sure he’s OK but we’ll be accepting the invitation from Hong Kong and the intention is to go but the horse has to be spot on.

“You don’t know who’s going to be in the race obviously but on face value, it looks a good race for him.”

The United States is invited to run in the G1 QE II Cup over 2000 metres at Sha Tin on April 30.

Williams said The United States was unlucky not to finish in the placings last Saturday.

“His run on Saturday was super,” he said. “He should have run second. He got absolutely pole-axed by Hartnell.

As for Assign, who ran in the Sydney Cup no-race, Williams said he was unsure whether the horse would return to Sydney later in the month with the likelihood the race will be rescheduled.

But he said he thought the Racing NSW stewards did the right thing by declaring it a no-race after the two-horse fall near the finishing post on the first lap.

“I reckon he did a good job Mark Van Gestel on Saturday doing that because you’ve only got to think about what happens if he doesn’t make that decision and something goes wrong. It could be horrendous,” Williams said.

“It didn’t suit any of the horses in the race but I think it was really quick thinking and hats off to those blokes.”

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