Sky Darci stepped onto the turf at Sha Tin this morning (Tuesday, 4 May) for the first time since his BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) triumph in March as he builds towards his much anticipated return in the G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) at the end of this month.
Readying for the HK$3.5 million contest on 30 May, the son of Darci Brahma crossed the line third in this morning’s barrier trial behind the unbeaten Winner Method, who clocked 57.61s down the 1000m straight, while Californiadeepshot filled second.
Much to the delight of jockey Joao Moreira, the New Zealand-bred broke cleanly and was steadily eased to the rear before meandering through the field with a bit of swagger.
“He was fine, he just went out for a piece of exercise among horses, he jumped brilliantly as usual, he relaxed nicely and he came through the field travelling on the bridle, he was only out there for an exercise, not to be tested and he’s done it very well,” Moreira said.
Following his triumph in the HK$24 million contest two months ago, the 106-rater spent has enjoyed a short stint at Conghua prior to returning to Hong Kong on 30 April, much like he has done for the most part of his 12-start career.
“I think the break was what he deserved anyway because he has done an amazing job throughout the season, he’s won four races including the Derby,” the Brazilian said.