Champion’s Way steps out on the road to the BMW Hong Kong Derby in Saturday’s Class 1 Panasonic Cup Handicap (1400m), aiming to build on an impressive first season in which he set a high bar for his classic-bound peers.
John Size’s charge won six of seven races during that three-year-old campaign, culminating in a Group 3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) victory that took his rating to a lofty 108 and sealed Champion Griffin honours.
“He did a remarkable job as a three-year-old and he got to a very high figure doing that,” Size said.
Rapper Dragon won that same G3 contest in his rookie Hong Kong campaign before winning all three legs of the following season’s Four-Year-Old Classic Series – the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m), Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) and BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m). Size will point his rising star down that same route.
“He’ll go on the Derby trail and he’ll follow those races unless he proves that he can’t go any further than a mile,” the 11-time champion trainer said.
“There’s not much on for him in December so he’ll have at least this one run in November so he’s done some work and hasn’t had too much time away from racing. He’ll go in the first race of the four-year-old series (the Classic Mile) in January.”