Paul O’Sullivan and Neil Callan combined for a double at Happy Valley’s latest midweek fixture and the pair link again with the admirable Band Of Brothers (119lb) in the HK$3 million Class 1 Panasonic Cup Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Saturday, 14 November.
The New Zealand-bred chestnut has been a model of consistency across his 16-start career with six wins and five other top-three efforts, with only one finish worse than sixth place.
“His form is good, he’s running well and you would think now running third-up over his proper distance that he is going to have another chance,” Callan said.
“He’s probably getting up to his pet distance now, he kind of surprised us with his first run over 1000 metres – he almost got there and then he backed it up with another good run,” Callan said.
A four-time winner over the course and distance, the smart six-year-old was tried first-up over 1000m, his first attempt at the minimum trip, and returned a close-up third to Gold Chest.
“The 1400 metres is probably his go, he has a little bit of a wide draw but he is down in the weights, he’s always consistent and he trialled well the other day, so I expect him to race well,” O’Sullivan said.