Elated after extending a remarkable start to the season with a quartet, David Hayes hopes to plot a path to the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) after Super Wealthy threatened Sha Tin’s 1000m course record with a brilliant G3 National Day Cup Handicap (1000m) triumph on Friday (1 October).
Atop the trainers’ championship with 12 wins – five clear of Danny Shum – Hayes revelled in his most successful day since returning to Hong Kong last season, marking a momentous occasion by posting his 500th Hong Kong victory after emphatic wins by exciting trio Nervous Witness, Lord Thunder and Master Montaro.
Hayes predicted Super Wealthy could match better credentialled sprinters and was proved right under a measured ride from Alexis Badel, clocking 54.96s – a Sha Tin Group race record – to narrowly miss Valiant Dream’s course mark of 54.68s.
“He ran exceptional time, beating in-form horses (Sky Field and Lucky Patch),” Hayes beamed. “He’s done it twice in a row now, so I’ve got complete faith with him going into the good races here in Hong Kong. I just like the way he’s relaxing, he’s matured.”
Hayes indicated the G2 Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m) on 17 October was Super Wealthy’s likely springboard into the Hong Kong Sprint on 12 December.
“That’s probably a really nice race (Premier Bowl) because he’ll be well in at the handicaps and that will qualify him for the Internationals,” he said. “I would love to go to the Hong Kong Sprint with him. He’s in-form and can run time.”