Zac Purton hopes Amigos Giggle can validate encouraging trial form and reward Michael Chang’s patience when the Australian-bred first-starter contests the first section of the Class 4 Continuous Development 1200m Handicap at Sha Tin on Thursday (1 July).
Purton has been aboard in three of the Snitzel gelding’s four trials and believes the three-year-old has the requisite talent to be competitive on debut.
“He’s a bit of a sleeper – he only does what he has to do, but he’s obviously got some ability. His trials have been nice enough to hope that he can go to the races and, when it matters, he can just give up what you need,” Purton said.
“He’s having his first start so we’ll just get him out of the gates and let him show us where he wants to be, if it’s in front so be it, if they’re a little bit quicker than him then he can take a sit behind. He’s been versatile in his trials, so I’m not too worried about where we’re going to be.”
Asked to quantify Amigos Giggle’s chances, Purton said: “He’s shown enough in his trials to suggest that he’s going to be competitive, so he’s just got to take that to the races. I’d like to think that he’s a winning chance but if he can’t win, then certainly top four.”