House Of Fun (114lb) will attempt to turn the tables on stablemate Premiere (115lb) in Sundays’ (7 January) straight track speed test at Sha Tin, the Group 3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy Handicap (1000m).
A short-head separated the John Size-trained pair in a Class 2 contest at the course and distance at the end of November, when Premiere took the spoils ahead of the unlucky-in-running House Of Fun. Champion jockey Joao Moreira, successful aboard both horses in the past, had to check his run at a vital stage on House Of Fun before driving the five-year-old to a narrow miss.
“I believe House Of Fun can beat Premiere,” Moreira said at Sha Tin this morning, Friday, 5 January. “When I rode him over the 1000 metres, when Premiere beat him, there were a few issues. We didn’t have a really good start, and in the last 150 metres I got a little bit of a traffic jam; when he was able to get himself through the gap he came to nearly win.
“Based on that run, with the light weight on his back, I think he’s a good chance. He
felt great in his barrier trial – he’s in good shape. I believe he’s good enough, that’s why I chose him as my ride.”
House Of Fun carried 1lb less than Premiere in that tussle and the handicap difference between the two is the same again, with the latter having his first race since.
“It’s hard to measure how good they are, comparing both, but what I can say is that House Of Fun was very unlucky not to beat Premiere three starts ago and I think this time can be his turn,” Moreira said.