Sprinting sensation Courier Wonder (118lb) extended his unbeaten record to five at Sha Tin this afternoon (Sunday, 23 May) with an age and experience defying win in the HK$3.5 million G3 Sha Tin Vase Handicap (1200m).
Stepping up in grade as the least experienced runner in the race, the three-year-old juvenile capped his perfect debut season with a classy victory against a collection of the circuit’s best sprinters, including Computer Patch (132lb) and Sky Field (130lb), second and third in last month’s G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) to Wellington on FWD Champions Day (25 April).
Under championship-leading jockey Joao Moreira, the Sacred Falls gelding broke away cleanly from gate six to settle in the box seat, before taking over at the 200m mark for a three quarters of a length victory in advance of the fast-closing Stronger (130lb) and Sky Field, respectively.
“In the straight, I pulled him out and he dashed home as he always does – good horses like him give jockeys an amazing feeling,” Moreira said.
Today’s win was Moreira’s second in the race after his triumph aboard Not Listenin’tome in 2015 for John Moore, while trainer John Size snared his first.