The Italian rider heads to Conghua with two rides, but it is the Chris So-trained Smart Charade in the first race, the HK$2 million Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy (1200m), who will give him a chance at creating history.
“The 1200 metres will suit him, the speed will be much faster, because over 1400m he raced a bit keen, so he didn’t finish off the race well,” Sanna said.
The contest is restricted to graduates of the Hong Kong International Sale. Smart Charade is a two-time winner from 16 starts, the first of which Sanna was aboard, back in March, 2018.
“Last year I won on him over 1600 metres on Derby Day, both of his wins were Class 4 races, now he’s up in grade, but we believe the 1200 metres will suit him better.”
Smart Charade recorded his second career win over 1400m on LONGINES Hong Kong International Races day in December, with Yasunari Iwata in the saddle.
“The horse won easy on ‘International Day’, and the small field this time is much better for us, because we have to sit at the back and so we won’t be too far away from the pace,” Sanna said.