Yet to be convinced of Czarson’s affinity with Sha Tin’s turf track, Zac Purton is hopeful the brilliant last-start winner is able to transfer compelling all-weather track form to grass in the Class 2 Cherry Handicap (1200m) on New Year’s Day.
Purton was aboard the gelding when a runaway five and a quarter length winner on the all-weather surface at Sha Tin at the end of November in Class 3.
Rising to Class 2 and switching to grass, Purton remains to be convinced the Stratum four-year-old is sufficiently adaptable to be effective away from the all-weather track.
“It’s debatable – it was a big win, a big margin and the handicapper gave him a few points (11) there accordingly and now he’s got to come back to the grass where he hasn’t been as effective,” Purton said.
“His best form has been on the dirt, so we need to see him do it.
“He feels progressive on the dirt, for sure. If this was on the dirt, I would be confident he would be a good chance again and run well but we’re on the grass, so it’s a completely different race.