Regan Bayliss takes the hot seat on Four-Year-Old Classic Series hopeful Champion’s Way in Saturday’s (23 November) Class 1 Chevalier Cup Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin and the young Australian is excited about reuniting with the horse who gave him his second Hong Kong win.
The John Size-trained gelding won his first five races last season in Hong Kong, tasting defeat only once, at the hands of stablemate Red Warrior, and signed off by winning the G3 Lion Rock Trophy (1600m).
But the generational front-runner disappointed fans first-up this term when a lacklustre ninth in the Class 1 Panasonic Cup (1400m), behind the course record-setting Encouraging. Bayliss, though, is not discouraged by that run.
“He showed last season that he was a rising star, his first-up run maybe looked a bit disappointing but they seemed to roll along at a quick pace and not much made ground, and also he was first-up. I think he has a long campaign ahead of him,” Bayliss said.
“I like him at the mile and second up – he’s drawn a nice barrier also, so hopefully he can bounce back,” the Australian hoop said.