Golden Sixty stepped out for a trial this morning (Friday, 4 September) at Sha Tin as he prepares for his campaign debut in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) later this month, and his workout left regular rider Vincent Ho with the impression that the Medaglia d’Oro gelding has progressed through the summer break.
“I think he’s improved this year,” Ho said, “he felt well, we just let him stretch out; it was an easy one and there was lots of kickback today, so I just tried to stay away from that and let him enjoy it.”
Golden Sixty completed a Four-Year-Old Classic Series sweep in his most recent race, a sensational BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) victory back in March. That effort completed a seven-win unbeaten streak for the season, which also included a defeat of multiple G1-placed Ka Ying Star in the G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup Handicap (1400m).
“The G3 over 1400m at the end of September is first, then we will plan on from there: it all depends on him, no rush, we’re not pushing him we’re just letting him enjoy it first,” Ho said.