Hong Kong’s Four-Year-Old Classic Series kicks off in four weeks’ time, and, after Dark Dream laid down an impressive marker with a Class 2 win last weekend, Superich (126lb) will attempt to prove his mettle as a serious protagonist when he takes in Saturday’s (29 December) finale at Sha Tin.
The Frankie Lor-trained gelding is already into his second Hong Kong season, with seven starts to date yielding three wins and four minor placings. That experience gives the New Zealand-bred an edge, at this stage, over many of the high-profile autumn imports from Europe and Australasia. Acclimatisation, after all, is a big chunk of the battle for any new arrivals.
But Superich has not yet added to a campaign-opening Class 3 win at 1200m. Two defeats when stepped up to 1400m have followed: a fast-closing third and then a late-mugging second.
“He could easily have won those races, he’s a nice horse,” jockey Zac Purton said during this morning’s (Friday, 28 December) barrier trials session at Sha Tin. “He’s been a little bit out of luck the last couple of starts but hopefully things go his way this time and we can rectify that.”
The champion jockey believes the son of Red Giant will, in time, thrive beyond the 1400m of Saturday’s Class 2 Shek Mun Handicap.
“He’s lost a bit of his turn-of-foot; he’s probably looking for a little bit further now, he doesn’t have the same zip that he had before. I think, as he steps up over a little bit more ground, he might be a little more comfortable,” he said.