Transcendent will attempt to maintain a perfect start to his Hong Kong career when he lines up under a new pilot in a smoking hot Class 2 Chak On Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (29 March).
The Tony Cruz-trained four-year-old notched a smart win on his Hong Kong debut two weeks ago under Zac Purton, but with the champion jockey pre-booked for the opposing Perfect Match, Chad Schofield will take the reins at the weekend.
“This race is a tougher race,” Cruz said. “He’s gone up in class, he’s up five points to a rating of 85, and I haven’t got Zac this time, he rides Danny Shum’s horse, but still, he’s got a good draw (1) and he’s fitter than last time.
“I believe he’s in great shape, I’m very happy with the horse and I’m hoping he’ll do something on Sunday.”
Transcendent raced 10 times as Pizzicato for Fabrice Chappet in France and bagged five wins, including a 1300m Listed contest at Chantilly and the All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes (1201m) at Lingfield, both on Polytrack.