A South African connection will link close rivals Seasons Bloom and Fifty Fifty in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin Racecourse on Monday, 1 October.
Chad Schofield will ride the Danny Shum-trained Seasons Bloom, while another South African-born jockey, Grant Van Niekerk, is slated to partner Fifty Fifty. Neither hoop has had a race sit on their respective mounts.
Schofield, though, has been a regular aboard Seasons Bloom at track work this term. The rider, now in his fourth season in Hong Kong, partnered the brown son of Captain Sonador through a jump-out down the backstretch this morning, Thursday, 27 September.
“We just took him on the grass, he jumped out of the gates and I let him travel up the straight. He didn’t do too much with the race coming up on Monday, but he’s ready to go,” Schofield said.
“I’ve ridden all of his trials and I’ve been galloping him since the start of the season and he’s fit and well.”