Fifty Fifty (115lb) continued his ascent through the grades with victory in the Chevalier Cup Handicap at Sha Tin Racecourse this afternoon, Sunday, 26 November.
Peter Ho’s charge made light of his first start in Class 1, delivering a smart change of speed at the entrance to the home straight and sustaining his momentum to hold the late charge of Exultant (114lb). The latter’s effort had Four-Year-Old Classic Series written large across it.
Fifty Fifty is a year too advanced for Hong Kong’s classics but the lightly-raced five-year-old proved again that he is one of Sha Tin’s bright new things in sealing his third win at start number five under Karis Teetan.
Ho was coy about his stable star’s next outing but did not rule out a two-week back-up into the undercard at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races on 10 December.
“It’s too soon for him,” Ho offered at first. “But it depends. Maybe he looks great tomorrow, he eats up his feed and we’ll have to see, but it depends on the owner, Mr. Lee. I need to have a talk with the owner.”
Ho is confident, though, that the talented grey can stretch out over more ground.
“He can handle 1800 metres, easily,” he said. “You could see today, he’s so relaxed. The way he won – the more you ask him, the more he goes.
“Today he jumped and when the jockey switched him off, he just totally relaxed. This horse is very smart, he was waiting for the signal and once Teetan started the engine, he went.”
Teetan had been caught behind runners until deep in the home run at his previous two starts. Fifty Fifty’s afterburners saved the day in the first of those races but the New Zealand-bred gelding had to settle for third after surging late over 1400m last time.