Matthew Chadwick is taking a level-headed approach into Sunday’s (23 May) G1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) when he partners Packing Waltham, encouraged by his natural staying ability but wary of his adolescence as he steps up to the big time in the HK$12 million feature.
After tasting success in the race eight years ago aboard the great California Memory, Chadwick will look to upstage a bevy of seasoned gallopers this weekend at Sha Tin, including stablemates Exultant and Time Warp with victory atop the emerging stayer in the season’s final G1.
“If he reproduces his last-start effort he can run well, he’s still going to be a better horse next season, it’s just come around quite fast for him that’s all but he’s got ability,” Chadwick said.
Getting the leg-up on the youthful four-year-old for the fourth time this season, Chadwick partnered the son of Wootton Bassett to a rousing fourth last start in the G3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup Handicap (2400m) at the beginning of this month.
“He’ll run ok if he runs like he did the other day – I was a bit unfortunate, but he’s still progressing as a type, I rode him prior to the Derby and he still needed to take a step-up for those races and then after the Derby I rode him in a trial and he seemed to have come on a bit,” Chadwick said.
Winless in Hong Kong, the French import will look to get off the mark in G1 company but prior to Hong Kong he was the victor of two starts on the fibresand at Lyon and Pau before striking at Listed level on the polytrack at Chantilly in the 2020 Prix Maurice Caillault when defeating Mkfancy by one length, winner of the 2019 G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2000m) the start prior.