Private Secretary sprang straight into Four-Year-Old Classic Series consideration with a smart step-out victory last month and Tony Cruz’s charge will aim to up the ante in the Class 2 Lung Kong Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin on Saturday, 11 January.
The Kingman colt was a talent on the rise in Britain last year, capping a hat-trick in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes (2240m) before running a solid fourth to subsequent G1 winner Japan in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes (2392m) at Royal Ascot.
His local debut performance over 1650m at Happy Valley highlighted the well-connected bay’s wellbeing post-import, and suggested the promise he showed for his previous handler John Gosden remains in good shape.
“I was expecting that performance, I’d been planning that race for a long time and everything went according to plan,” Cruz said at Sha Tin this morning, Friday, 10 January.
“Everything’s been straightforward, he’s had no setbacks. He’s a small horse but he has a good engine in him. I’m very happy with him and I think he’ll run a big race on Saturday.”