Richard Gibson concedes toppling Danon Smash in the G1 HK$18 million Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) on Sunday (25 April) is a formidable challenge but the Englishman believes Rattan and Wellington are more than worthy contenders.
Gibson will thrust Rattan, a seven-year-old warrior, and Wellington, an untapped four-year-old, into battle with Danon Smash, who is bidding for a third G1 success following victories in the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December and the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) on 28 March at Chukyo Racecourse.
“It’s interesting that we’ve got two runners and they couldn’t be more different,” Gibson said.
“We’ve got one young horse (Wellington) who’s just starting out on his Group 1 career and Rattan, this might be one of his last Group 1 days – so, we’re going to enjoy it while we can.
“Unfortunately, we had a very rare training accident with Rattan a couple of months ago but he’s done very well to get back into shape to run in this race.
“He’s a terrific horse and he always produces on race day so I don’t look too much into his work. On race day, he always gives his all.”