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Noseda content with Grand trip

Jeremy Noseda is pleased to report Grandeur's journey for Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Cup was more successful than his previous overseas visit.

The grey signed off his British season by winning a Listed event at Goodwood but was unable to take part in the Breeders' Cup Turf after becoming ill in America.

He looked more sprightly when cantering around Sha Tin on Wednesday.

"Happily everything has gone well this time around," said the Newmarket trainer.

"I think he was just unlucky last time, sometime these things just happen. But if we had run him then, we probably wouldn't be here now.

"I am happy with the way he is, and he won't do much between now and the race."

About the most experienced of all European travellers, Dunaden, is settling in well ahead of the Vase.

The former Melbourne Cup winner, who followed up in this race two years ago, was a respectable fifth in the Japan Cup.

Trainer Mikel Delzangles said: "He lost a shoe in the Japan Cup and we found it on the bend but we could not figure out whether he lost it during the race or after.

"Anyway his hoof remained a little warm until his arrival here and the blacksmith has done a good job fixing it. Dunaden is as good as ever now. He knows his routine nowadays so there's nothing we will change and I hope he will do well on Sunday.

"It's only two weeks between runs which is tight but the horse looks to be happy and fresh. The trick is just to keep him happy."

Among the Europeans in the Sprint is Robert Cowell's surprise Nunthorpe winner and Abbaye fourth Jwala, who must now step up to six furlongs.

"She's settled in well and it's great to be here to take part in this wonderful meeting," Cowell said.

"She gets in well with the fillies' allowance and hopefully she can run her race. Her form's been good at home.

"I think she'll be right there in the mix on Sunday at the furlong pole, but it's a question of whether she sees out the final 200 metres."