Mongolian King (127lb) will attempt to make it two wins on the bounce when he lines up in a tough edition of the Class 2 Yuen Long Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, 24 September.
The smart gelding notched his first score for the term at the season opener three weeks ago. That was in the same grade at the same course and distance, but, after receiving a six-point ratings rise, jockey Umberto Rispoli is under no illusions as to the task his mount faces.
“It’s difficult to win two Class 2 races in a row,” he said. “But in the way he’s working, and his improvement from last season, he has a chance.
“He was fresh first-up and he ran really well – he was ready to run that race,” the Italian continued. “I think the field is a bit stronger than last time and he’s got a little bit more weight. His draw is good though, and I won’t be disappointed if this rain continues through Sunday – he prefers it if it’s a little bit wet, and if he gets some pace up front, that will help him, too.”
Me Tsui’s charge will face six of the rivals he defeated last start when he takes his place in Sunday’s 14-runner closer, due off at 5.45pm. Solar Hei Hei (129lb) ran a length and a quarter second, Baba Mama (120lb) was third, California Whip (133lb) fourth, Healthy Joyful (119lb) fifth, Hang’s Decision (131lb) sixth and Encounter (127lb) 10th. This time, the likes of Keen Venture (124lb), Jolly Jolly (124lb) and Rickfield (118lb) will enter the fray.
“Those horses that he beat last time, you’d think they will improve for their first run and will be stronger this time. Baba Mama stands out from that, I think he’s the one to beat,” Rispoli said.