Richard Gibson will launch a twin assault on the G3 National Day Cup Handicap (1000m) at Sha Tin on Tuesday, 1 October.
The trainer’s Rattan will carry 132lb in the straight track dash, 6lb more than his talented stable mate Wishful Thinker, but Gibson wasn’t putting one ahead of the other when assessing his contenders this morning (Friday, 27 September).
“I’m never that interested in ratings,” he said. “Rattan is such a genuine horse and he gives it all on race day, he actually is very tired after a race because he’s put everything out on the track that day.
“Wishful Thinker is slightly more tactical, you’ve got to get your tactics right; they weren’t right last time and we suffered. There are a few more ifs and buts with Wishful Thinker.”