Intent on regaining a foothold near the top of the Hong Kong training ranks, David Hayes will unleash boom sprinter Naboo Attack on the Class 1 HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup (1200m) at the 2021/22 season-opening meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday 5 September.
Hayes was left with mixed feelings after the giant gelding – who weighed in at 1360 pounds on debut last season – began tardily in a 1000m barrier trial at Sha Tin this morning, Saturday 28 August, before surging to the line under Karis Teetan to finish second – beaten a neck – to Manfred Man’s Trillion Win, who clocked 58.48s.
“He missed the start, which is a bit of a concern but I think it’s because the gates are too small for him. He’s such a big horse,” Hayes said.
“He missed the start by three lengths and could have won if he didn’t do that.
“Karis said he felt like a good horse, he liked him. If he sorts his gates out, we’ll be very happy.
“I think we’ll go to the races. We’ll take it race by race. He’s at the 90-mark now and he’s got to perform at the 100-mark for me to start looking at the really big races. I’m pretty hopeful he’s a good one.”
A winner of five of seven starts in Australia as Command ‘N’ Conquer, Naboo Attack on 30 May joined a select band of gallopers to triumph in Class 2 in Hong Kong on debut – a rare feat – with success over 1200m.