Rising star Excellent Proposal made a big statement with an impressive win in the Class 2 Chek Lap Kok Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin this afternoon (Sunday, 4 October).
The exciting John Size-trained gelding beat a classy field of experienced gallopers to cement his status as a leading contender for this season’s three-race Four-Year-Old Classic Series which begins with the HK$12 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (24 January, 2021)
“He didn’t sort of blow them away today but he certainly did the job,” Size said, “he’s got himself to a rating that’s comfortable to be an aspirant of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series – so I’m happy with that.
“His temperament is good – he’s sound, he does well and now that he’s got that rating he can have a break.”
Excellent Proposal took his impressive record to three wins from four starts with today’s half-length score, and he’s now ticked off both the Classic Mile (1600m) and Classic Cup (1800m) trips. While the Derby distance of 2000 metres remains an unknown, it is of no concern to winning jockey Joao Moreira: “I don’t see any problem with that,” he said.