Danny Shum is hoping Lockheed will get an opportunity to open his thrusters in Sunday’s (21 January) HK$10 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m), the first leg of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series at Sha Tin Racecourse.
“His last two races, you have to forget them both,” the trainer said this morning (Tuesday, 16 January), reflecting on the British import’s Hong Kong career to date.
Lockheed caught the eye on debut in early December when he was shuffled right back to the tail turning for home in a 1200m Class 2 handicap but then ran on smartly to finish fifth. Last time out, over 1400m, the Exceed And Excel colt stalked the pace powerfully under Joao Moreira but was squeezed out of contention at the 150m mark, just as the Brazilian was about to engage full propulsion, and had to settle for fourth.
“I’m very happy with the horse and he will improve, race by race he has been improving,” Shum said. “His performances overseas were good, he showed plenty of class, and he’s in good form, he’s a happy horse and very easy to train. He’s getting better and better and I expect him to run a good race.”