Vincent Ho is hopeful that improving youngster Eternal Harvest can put a barrier mishap behind him and continue his ascent up the handicap when he tackles a competitive field in the Class 3 Cha Kwo Ling Handicap (1000m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday (16 September).
The Ricky Yiu-trained four-year-old reared in the gates at his last start, back in July, and was scratched from the race. But, prior to that, the rising talent had climbed 15 points in the ratings with two wins from five starts.
“He’s a little bit tricky in the gates,” Ho said. “Last race of the season he went in a little bit too early and he just got impatient and started to rear up, and when he did that, we both hit our heads, so we had to scratch.”
The four-year-old’s final completed run of last term was an impressive one, as he defeated a classy field over the course and distance: his rivals that time included Metro Warrior and Flying Genius (121lb), he faces the latter again and boasts two wins over 1000m at the city circuit.
“Eternal Harvest trialled well and behaved well in the gates, so he should be fine and he’ll be a bit stronger this time around; he’s still quite immature but you can see his ability already. I liked the way he trialled – he finished off well,” Ho said.