John Size will bid for a seventh G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (24 January) as Waikuku throws down the gauntlet to Hong Kong’s outstanding miler Golden Sixty.
Beaten into fourth place behind Golden Sixty in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile on 13 December, Waikuku will attempt to become the first horse since Good Ba Ba in 2009 to claim successive Stewards’ Cups.
Size was pleased with Waikuku’s performance behind Golden Sixty when resuming last month after a break of almost eight months.
“He ran very well, it was a good effort. He obviously got a bit tired over the last 200 metres but he was expected to feel that having not raced for six months,” Size said.
“His trial (on Friday) was fair – it’s how he normally trials. I think he’s on track to run a good race.”
The Stewards’ Cup – the first leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown – has previously been won by Size runners in 2002 and 2003 (Electronic Unicorn), 2004 (Super Kid), 2007 (Armada), 2013 (Glorious Days) and 2020 (Waikuku).