Excellent Proposal (123lb) has already earmarked himself as a possible candidate for the 2021 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) with two smart wins over 1400m and the mile and this Sunday (4 October) at Sha Tin the John Size-trainee is aiming to bolster his claims as he steps up to 1800m for the first time in the Class 2 Chek Lap Kok Handicap (1800m).
“We have to try and step him up eventually – he’s had two runs in a short space of time so I think he’s fit enough to go up to 1800 metres and see if he’s capable, but the way he travels, I think he’ll probably be able to do it,” Size said.
Since his debut defeat last season, the Exceed And Excel gelding has handled everything tabled to him by his handler, scoring two impressive wins this season. His most recent was a dazzling three-wide throughout romp after impressively overcoming gate 14, though this time he’ll break from gate three with Brazilian ace Joao Moreira up.
The BMW Hong Kong Derby is the final leg of the three-race Four-Year-Old Classic Series, which starts in January with the Hong Kong Classic Mile.
And, while he’s already ticked off the Hong Kong Classic Mile distance, this time he’ll step up to the Classic Cup trip.
“If he can win a race like this and then with a good passage of time between now and March, as well as a little bit more improvement, then he’s going to be in the Derby,” the 11-time champion trainer said.