Armed with options heading towards LONGINES Hong Kong International Raceday in December, Tony Millard will adopt a flexible approach with Panfield after the star stayer’s effortless trial win at Sha Tin on Tuesday (14 September).
Last season’s Champion Stayer of Hong Kong, Panfield is likely to kick off his 2021/22 campaign in the G2 Oriental Watch 60th Anniversary Sha Tin Trophy Handicap (1600m) on 17 October after hitting the line strongly under Karis Teetan over 1600m this morning.
Casting further ahead, Millard will plot a course to either the HK$30 million LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) or the HK$20 million LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) on 12 December.
“It was a very nice trial,” dual Hong Kong Derby-winning trainer Millard said of G1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup winner Panfield. “He just did a bit of pace work and then he finished off. Karis is very happy with him. He sat behind the leaders and he just needs a bit of distance on his legs.
“He runs in a handicap mile in the middle of next month. I’m not sure how many runs he’ll have before International day, but maybe two or three.”
Weighing up which of the two races he might eventually target at the December showpiece meeting, Millard was typically pragmatic.
“It will depend on the opposition. Whichever is the weakest, that’s where we’re going to go,” he said.