Blake Shinn is hopeful Harmony N Blessed (124lb) can rediscover his winning groove when he contests the Class 3 Java Handicap (1000m) at Happy Valley tomorrow evening (Wednesday, 26 May) as the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey chases more Hong Kong success.
After bursting onto the scene with a pair of rousing wins at his first two starts, the lightly raced four-year-old has since been unsuccessful in four subsequent runs, but Shinn is optimistic of his ability to not only bounce back but to carry on with his advance up the handicap.
“His form has been fairly consistent but as he’s gone up in class when he’s got a racing pattern where he has to do it at both ends – it’s hard for him, especially when he has to absorb so much pressure.
“But I believe he’s going to make his way up the ratings, quite high in the ratings actually, so we certainly haven’t reached the bottom of this horse and hopefully tomorrow night he can show his true form,” Shinn said.
Sitting on a mark of 69, the David Hayes-trained speedster kicked off his career six starts ago with successive wins, firstly on debut by two lengths at Sha Tin before scoring stoutly at the city circuit last December.
“He’s a natural running horse – that’s his best attribute – and he’s a strong horse, I think we will just fire him out and see how it unfolds, he doesn’t have to lead but I’d love it if he can find the rail because he corners very well,” Shinn said.