Perfect Match landed the spoils in today’s (Sunday, 6 September) Class 1 HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup Handicap (1200m) and did so with plenty in hand and also with December riches in mind, as trainer Danny Shum confirmed the 2020 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint as his long-term target.
“I am aiming him toward December, he will go to the Hong Kong Sprint,” Shum said.
The Not A Single Doubt gelding bagged his eighth career win from 16 starts to push his rating (103 for this test) deeper into triple figures, enhancing his claims on the end of year HK$22 million sprint.
“I think for me, he is in really good form, he was the best looking horse in the parade ring – so I thought he had a good chance today.”
French ace Alexis Badel agreed: “I’m glad for Danny (Shum) because the horse was very good looking today and he was fit and in very good form, he just proved it.”
The way the five-year-old gelding swept aside his smart rivals in the season’s opening day feature by and easy length and a half will have put the sprint division’s leading players on alert.
“It’s early in the season and because he can handle 1400 (metres) I thought his class might be better than the 1200 (metres) horses today. I did worry when he was three-wide but maybe today it didn’t hurt, the outside is the better part of the track,” Shum said.