Exultant pleased connections at Sha Tin this morning (Tuesday, 6 October) as he stepped up his preparations toward the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) and a hoped for sixth victory at the top level.
Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year went through the motions in his first barrier trial of the season in typical fashion, travelling at the tail of the 10-runner field under Zac Purton and rolling by the winning post in ninth behind Kings Shield (clocked at 1m 10.50s).
“He’s going to have another trial before he races but I thought he felt good, I just rolled him around the outside to keep him out of the dirt,” Purton said.
Trainer Tony Cruz outlined that the six-year-old’s programme is likely to include one more barrier trial before his planned return in the G3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse Handicap (1800m) on 1 November. After that, he will go on to the G2 Jockey Club Cup (2000m) on 22 November and the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase on 13 December.
“He’s up to his same usual stuff, out the back, he’ll have another trial before he runs in the Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse – it’ll be the same program as last season,” Cruz said.