Sky Field made a big statement before the break between seasons and this Sunday (13 September) at Sha Tin he readies for his return in the Class 3 Hung Hom Handicap (1200m), with the Four-Year-Old Classic Series on his radar.
“It’s a big season for him, so I’m treating him like a horse with a lot of potential and the type of horse that I would train for the Hong Kong Classic Mile – that’s my target with him this season, so he’ll be progressing distance-wise,” trainer Caspar Fownes said.
The progressive four-year-old displayed an electrifying turn-of-foot at Sha Tin on the final day of last season to lay down a marker as one of Hong Kong’s most exciting up-and-coming gallopers. That effort resulted in a 14-point rise in the ratings.
“He’s done really well between seasons, I haven’t trialled him for his upcoming start because he’s got that residual fitness from the end of last season and he’s had a couple of pieces of work on the grass; I think I’ve got him pretty much where I want him for his first-up run,” Fownes said.
The Deep Field youngster has one win from three starts now after destroying his rivals over 1200m, the same distance he contests this weekend against 10 others. He will break from gate eight with three-time champion jockey Joao Moreira in the plate.
“I’m still learning about the horse himself as I have only been on him once at the races but what impressed me the most was his acceleration in the straight, that’s what it takes for a good horse to go to the Classic Mile and be competitive,” Moreira said.