Michael Chang is hoping his stable’s current highest-flyer Righteous Doctrine will continue his ascent up the ratings when he contests Wednesday’s (July 1) Class 2 Hong Kong Reunification Cup Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin.
The French import has posted three wins among a series of five smart efforts in recent months, and the trainer is looking for a sign that the bay’s progress might continue into next term.
“I think his rating can still go up, the horse has just continued to improve, and this race is a good test for him,” Chang said. “That’s why I asked Joao (Moreira) to ride him one more time, so I can see what we can do with him in the future.”
The late-developing five-year-old bagged his first Hong Kong win at his 16th attempt and since then has gone from strength to strength.
“He’s an improving horse, a very typical European horse; now he’s getting more mature than last season and in his favour is that he can run well on both tracks,” Chang said.
Two of Righteous Doctrine’s wins have come on the dirt at Sha Tin, with his other on the turf, and he is looking to build on that fast-finishing success at the course and distance last month.