David Hayes and Blake Shinn will reunite with Harmony N Blessed at Happy Valley on Wednesday (13 January) night, optimistic the unbeaten sprinter can deliver further momentum for both trainer and jockey.
Accustomed to serial high achievement, Hayes and Shinn are both in rebuilding mode with the dual Hong Kong champion trainer in the throes of re-establishing his stable and the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey intent on adding further lustre to his international record.
Hayes has nine winners for the season; Shinn has seven.
The last time the pair combined in victory was when Harmony N Blessed – a son of Magnus – blitzed his opposition on debut at Sha Tin over 1200m on 22 November.
The Australian-bred import then prevailed under Hollie Doyle in the fourth leg of the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley over 1200m on 9 December.
Hayes is confident Harmony N Blessed has the credentials to land the second section of Class 3 Begonia Handicap (1200m) at the city circuit after Grateful Heart – who finished second to Harmony N Blessed at his previous start – subsequently won at Happy Valley on 23 December.
“The horse he beat (Grateful Heart) franked the form, came out and won again,” Hayes said.
“His (Harmony N Blessed) trial was good. He’s had a nice month between runs and should run well.”