Courier Wonder and Fantastic Treasure have set a high standard for this season’s emerging three-year-old crop in Hong Kong and tomorrow night (Wednesday, 12 May) at Sha Tin, the unbeaten Winner Method (132lb) will attempt to enhance his growing reputation by joining his talented cohorts as winners of their first four outings.
Having collected a trio of triumphs and a 26-point ratings rise, the Deep Field gelding will look to continue his advance when he faces eight opponents, including fellow three-year-old, Carroll Street (122lb), a two-time winner from three starts – in the Class 3 Grass Island Handicap (1000m).
“The horse is good, I’m happy with him although the concern is the weight, he’s only a three-year-old and he’ll carry 132 pounds but hopefully he can handle the weight because he’s in good form,” trainer Danny Shum said.
Gearing up for Sha Tin’s first turf race run at night since October 2014, the Australian-bred bay and earner of HK$2.28 million will again be paired with Zac Purton and the duo will depart from gate five with top weight allotted as the race’s highest rater.
“I don’t think he’s reached his ceiling yet, he seems to be handling his work and racing well, he’s obviously got some ability, so we’ll get him around a corner soon,” Purton said.
“We know a lot of these young horses in Hong Kong do tend to mature and strengthen up with a little break and he’ll have the benefit of an off-season too, so hopefully he can come back next season a better horse, too.”