Chad Schofield is undaunted as he prepares to partner Ka Ying Star against the might of Beauty Generation and Golden Sixty in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (27 September).
“It’s a Group 3 race, it’s a big race and he’s a high-quality horse,” Schofield said. “They are definitely going to have to be on their game to reel him in because he goes out there and races hard – we definitely won’t die wondering with him.”
While the HK$3.5 million contest sees the long-awaited clash between Beauty Generation and Golden Sixty, nine others are entered to see if they can spoil the party including the consistent five-year-old, who is eyeing back-to-back G3 wins.
Ka Ying Star made all for a tough victory in the G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) last season, with Schofield in the plate. The pair staved off a wall of challengers including Southern Legend, who, the start before, had narrowly edged Beauty Generation in the G1 FWD Champions Mile.
“Ka Ying Star is a horse that makes his own luck: he’s a high-rolling, on-pace runner who always gives his all, so although he’s meeting two champions, he’s a very good horse in his own right,” Schofield said.
In the Lion Rock Trophy, the Cityscape gelding also defeated Dances With Dragon, who crushed his rivals by over four lengths in the G3 Premier Plate Handicap (1800m) the next time he ran, and is entered along with Southern Legend for trainer Caspar Fownes in Sunday’s seven-furlong test.