Reuniting with old ally Super Wealthy (113lb) for the first time in close to a year, the in-form Alexis Badel is putting his faith in the bay’s talent and featherweight impost as the pair look to spoil a hot edition of Friday’s (1 October) G3 National Day Cup Handicap (1000m) at Sha Tin.
“Whenever you go into a Group 3 under handicap conditions it’s always a huge advantage when you have a talented horse and a light weight,” Badel said.
The galloper will step up to G3 level for the first time in the feature, he is however, aided by a dangerously low weight at the bottom of the handicap following a tidy first-up course and distance win in Class 2.
“Even in Class 2, he always gave me a very good feeling, he’s a strong horse and I’m just happy to be on him,” Badel said.
Partnering Super Wealthy to a hat-trick of wins two seasons ago, Badel has paired the four-time winner seven times but hops back in the seat for the first time since November, 2020.
“I’m happy to ride this horse again because he gave me a few nice wins last year – I know him very well and I’m just happy to be able to ride him with a good chance,” Badel said.
The six-year-old spent the first 11 starts of his career under the care of trainer Douglas Whyte before an off-season stable change transferred him to David Hayes.