Grant van Niekerk has enjoyed a fine debut season in Hong Kong and he’s looking to cap it with a breakthrough feature race success aboard Flying Thunder in Sunday’s (23 June) G3 Premier Cup Handicap (1400m).
“I’m hoping I can have my first Group winner in Hong Kong,” the South African jockey said. “If you finish on a high like that you’ll come back next season with some confidence so I’m looking to finish strongly.”
Van Niekerk has tallied 26 wins this season, including five doubles, and the 27-year-old is hopeful that Flying Thunder’s late dash will seal another victory.
“He’s got a lovely turn-of-foot. It’s a smallish field this time so as long as he’s travelling comfortably with me he’ll have a good finish again,” he said.
Flying Thunder has won once from six outings. That success came with Van Niekerk in the saddle just two starts ago, when the gelding surged from the rear of the field to score an eye-catching half-length success.