Alexis Badel heads into Wednesday’s (31 March) nine-race all-dirt fixture at Sha Tin only one win away from his 100th career success in Hong Kong and the Frenchman is eager to notch the milestone victory as he readies for a renewed association with Righteous Doctrine (115lb) in a hot edition of the Class 2 Cuckoo Handicap (1650m).
Firmly cemented in this season’s top five, Badel has thrived through March with seven wins, enhancing his tally to 42 so far as he enters the pointy end of his first full-season in Hong Kong.
“I’m happy with this season – it’s going pretty well but I’m never satisfied, I always want to improve and do better but I can only be happy about the support that I have had so far,” Badel said. “Hopefully it keeps going – it would be very nice to have 100 winners soon.”
Engaged in five races tomorrow evening, the 31-year-old’s mounts round out in the finale atop Righteous Doctrine for trainer Michael Chang, a French import with three Hong Kong wins to his name, twice on the dirt over 1800m.
“It seems a difficult race, but when Michael (Chang) asked me to ride the horse I confirmed straight away because he is a very good horse on the dirt,” Badel said.
Against 10 others, the HK$2.2 million feature race is highly competitive with top-class dirt performers Kings Shield (133lb), Elusive State (132lb), Glorious Artist (124lb), Red Desert (122lb) all engaged, while the improving Hongkong Great (116lb) steps up in grade.