Hong Kong racing returns on Sunday, 6 September at Sha Tin with the traditional season-opening feature race, the Class 1 HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup Handicap (1200m) kicking off the 88-meeting programme.
The Class 1 contest sees the return of Regency Legend, who is out to defend his title and use it as a pathway to the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races in December, while at the same time safeguarding Danny Shum’s solid record in the race.
“I plan to run Regency Legend in the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) in December because currently the sprint ranks in Hong Kong are not overly strong, so hopefully he gets his chance,” the handler said.
Shum has won three out of the last four editions with Regency Legend’s win last year following the stable’s Lucky Year (2016) and Seasons Bloom (2017). The handler was satisfied with his sprinter’s tune-up this morning, Friday, 28 August, as he stepped out for a 1000m grass trial down the straight at Sha Tin.
“He trialled ok, I think he will improve from that trial but because he has been off for so long, he can’t be 100 percent fit, but he’s ok,” Shum said.