Undaunted by the frustrations of Tsar’s challenging maiden Hong Kong season, Me Tsui’s persistence was doubly rewarded when the British import smashed the Happy Valley 1650m track record and collected a HK$1 million High Achievement Bonus on Wednesday night (26 May).
Formerly trained by John Gosden in Great Britain, where he was a three-time winner with three-year-old handicap success at Ascot Racecourse in July 2020, Tsar endured a wretched initial campaign in Hong Kong – until his blistering victory in the Class 2 Fort Handicap (1650m).
The Kingman gelding’s BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) hopes were scuttled when he was scratched at the barriers after getting a hind leg caught over the back of the gates before the start of the Hong Kong Classic Mile on 24 January and he subsequently struggled reproduce the form he had shown in England.
Tsui’s patience was rewarded at the city circuit on Wednesday when Matthew Chadwick used the bay’s light weight (119lb) to advantage to sit outside the speed before lowering the course record with a searing 1m 37.97s gallop – eclipsing Telecom Fighters’ time of 1m 38.55s, set earlier on the program in race three.
Tsui also prepares Telecom Fighters, who was part of Joao Moreira’s brace.