Lakeshore Eagle soared to a hat-trick of wins at the end of last season and this Sunday (20 September) at Sha Tin the smart galloper will shoot for his fourth in succession when he lines up in a smoking hot Class 2 Cheung Shan Handicap (1600m).
The six-year-old was a sensation for trainer Chris So last term with four wins from eight starts and returns on a career-high mark of 91 as he readies for his toughest test to date.
“He’s not a big horse but he’s got a big heart,” So said. “He kept surprising me last season, I hope he keeps surprising me – he ran awesome last season winning three in a row.”
The Australian-bred got off the mark on debut in late 2018 as a 52-rater and since then has added five more wins and climbed 39 points in the ratings.
“Through the summer break he held good condition and this season, even in his trials, everything is ok,” So said.
The Master Of Design gelding scored at his first attempt in Class 2 last time out, with 116lb on his back, but this time will step out with an added 10 pounds as the fourth-highest rated horse in the race.
So, though, suggested that the stable standout was ready for a step up in trip whatever Sunday’s result and will do so with Group race aspirations.
“We will see if we can get him up to Group level in Hong Kong in the future, if he handles the extra distance, but most importantly we have to see how he runs on Sunday and decide what to do next from there,” he said.
“Last season, we started him out over the short distance and got him up to 1600 metres and we won a couple. We have plans and it seems like he wants to go further, so we may send him around over 1800 metres and then up to 2000 metres, but first let’s see how he performs over 1600 metres again.
“Some horses, when you run over a bit further, it’s totally different but hopefully he can handle it so we can have more fun with him in the future.”