Charity Fun (113lb) has already made a remarkable start to his burgeoning Hong Kong career and this Sunday (2 May) at Sha Tin the War Command gelding will be put to the test with his toughest assignment to date when he lines up against 11 opponents in the G3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup Handicap (2400m).
Having already pointed towards a bright future as a rapidly improving stayer with a trio of wins from his first five starts, the four-year-old will this weekend be gambled up in grade as he looks to throw down a challenge which could warrant a top-level tilt in next month’s G1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m), should connections direct him there.
Gearing up for his first foray over 2400m, the bay has won his past two races in succession under champion jockey Zac Purton, though Purton is unable to make the weight and instead partners Columbus County (133lb), who lines up as the highest rated horse in the race, 20 points clear of Charity Fun, who slots in on a mark of 92 at the other end of the handicap.
Trained by Danny Shum, Charity Fun pairs with Frenchman Alexis Badel who will ride the gelding with a possible one-pound over his allotted weight from barrier two this Sunday, looking to guide the gelding to his fourth Hong Kong win having previously succeeded over 1800m, 2000m and 2200m at both Happy Valley and Sha Tin.
“The weight he’s going to carry is a huge advantage over 2400 metres but he’s in good form, he looks very fit and seems like he’s a very good horse – everything looks ideal,” Badel said.