Champion’s Way could have the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) on his agenda next term. Trainer John Size’s exciting young galloper will take the next step along that road in the G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (2 June).
Hong Kong’s blue riband is still nine months and a lot of imponderables away but the rising star has put himself at the forefront of early Derby ruminations with five straight wins of such merit that even a last-start defeat could not shake the view that he is a horse of high-class potential.
And, if the bay wins this weekend, he will join the likes of Silent Witness and Rapper Dragon as a rare three-year-old to win a Hong Kong Group race. Rapper Dragon won the Lion Rock Trophy in 2016 en route to a clean-sweep of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series the following term, including a Derby victory.
“This is going to be his hardest test,” jockey Joao Moreira said, “but he’s been doing things fine. He’s very genuine, he tries his best always and we are going to learn from this race as well – we’ll find out if he’s as good as those good horses.”