Spurred on with 10 wins since the beginning of April, David Hayes is looking to maintain his late-season surge when he heads to Happy Valley tomorrow evening (Wednesday, 5 May) with seven hopes across the nine-race fixture.
In his second Hong Kong stint, Hayes’ current purple patch has enhanced his seasonal tally to 24 after he endured a somewhat slow start to proceedings which he pins down to an arsenal of young and inexperienced horses under his care.
His impressive haul of young guns to flourish through the second half of the season includes the unbeaten Fantastic Treasure who is on a 2022 Four-Year-Old Classic Series trail, while Ka Ying Spirit, who scored on debut last Sunday (2 May) is one of six to win first-up in Hong Kong for Hayes this campaign, the most of any trainer this season.
“Fantastic Treasure has one more run in two weeks, he’s thrived since the race and if he can manage to win his fifth then he’ll be totally qualified for next year’s Four-Year-Old Classic Series,” Hayes said.
Give Way Please, while fancied on debut was unable to join that list of debut winners for Hayes, however, tomorrow night he heads to Happy Valley in a bid to maintain the handler’s excellent form of late when he contests the Class 4 Ma Tau Kok Handicap (1000m).
“I think he’s like a lot of my young horses, they’ve taken time to adjust – he trialled like a bullet and I ran him off one trial but I think it just flattened him,” Hayes said.
The four-year-old son of Sebring set the track alight prior to his debut earlier this season with an impressive first-past-the-post effort in a barrier trial on the turf.
“He’s had a nice build-up, though, because I just reset him and hopefully he can kick off where I thought he would be at the start of the season,” Hayes said.