Golden Sixty has improved from his first-up win according to trainer Francis Lui as the BMW Hong Kong Derby hero shoots for his ninth victory in a row in Sunday’s (18 October) G2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy Handicap (1600m).
“He’s good, he’s come on from last start when it was his first-up run from the break and this time he’s condition has improved,” Lui said.
The Medaglia d’Oro gelding last season became the second horse in history to clean sweep the Four-Year-Old Classic Series and he returned this campaign with an exciting first-up win over Beauty Generation in last month’s G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m).
“He’s good, he galloped on the grass and because of the typhoon it was delayed until Wednesday, and also this morning he had a good canter around the big track,” Lui said.
Tropical Storm Nangka skipped past Hong Kong but that threat delayed both his and Beauty Generation’s grass gallops on Tuesday, and, after toppling the veteran champ first up with an 17lb weight allowance, this time the gap between the pair will only be 10lb.
“I have my fingers crossed, it’s hard to say that I’m confident as I’m just trying my best – I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself,” Lui said.