This Is Class will attempt to prove he is well-named when he shoots for a hat-trick of wins in Wednesday’s (8 April) Happy Valley finale.
The five-year-old contests a hot edition of the Class 2 Hing Man Handicap (1000m) aiming to become only the 13th horse this season to have won three or more consecutive races.
Trainer Francis Lui knows a thing or two about delivering multiple win streaks, with three of his stable having bagged at least a three-timer already this season: More Than This and Fortune Happiness have both completed hat-tricks, while Golden Sixty sealed a magnificent seven in a row and a Four-Year-Old Classic Series clean sweep when winning the BMW Hong Kong Derby last month.
Lui, though, believes This Is Class faces a stiffer test than he did in his most recent two wins.
“The worry is stepping back to 1000 metres and the draw (10) is also not ideal, but he’s good – his condition is good,” Lui said.
“It’s hard to say how much improvement he has left to come but he’s such an honest horse.”
The So You Think gelding has enjoyed a rapid rise since his first start at the Valley in March 2019, after putting four unplaced efforts behind him at Sha Tin. He has rocketed 35 points up the ratings since that venue switch six runs ago, each time with Vincent Ho, who retains the ride.
“His form is good but unfortunately there are no 1200-metre races for him coming up, so that’s why we’re running him over 1000 (metres) and, as well, draw 10 doesn’t make things easy,” Ho said.
Lui and Ho have been formidable with 20 wins together this season and they have two chances to build on that tally this Wednesday.