Courier Wonder (118lb) is quickly evolving into one of Hong Kong’s sharpest sprinters and this Sunday (23 May) at Sha Tin the three-year-old will look to overcome the biggest hurdle of his burgeoning career when he faces a host of seasoned and better credentialed rivals in the G3 Sha Tin Vase Handicap (1200m).
Lining up as the least experienced runner in the race, the undefeated youngster has already been touted as the next generation of Hong Kong’s sprinting ranks, a mantle 11-time champion trainer John Size is hopeful he fills.
“He shows that (to becoming a top sprinter in Hong Kong), because he’s shot up the ratings very quickly after four starts and it’s just a matter of whether he goes on with it – I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t and that’s what we’re hoping for,” Size said.
Having swiftly progressed from Class 4 to Class 2 across four starts and victorious by a combined 11 and a quarter lengths in all, his development has been one of the hallmarks of the 2020/21 Hong Kong racing season.
Now, as a 100-rater after kicking off his career last October on a mark of 52, the Sacred Falls gelding is looking to cap his maiden campaign off with victory in the weekend’s HK$3.5 million dash.
“You learn more about horses the more they race and obviously he’s going the right way, so hopefully he’s one of the good sprinters,” Size said, indicating that this run will be his final for the term.