Tony Millard is considering possible long-range international targets with Silver Fig after the talented grey laid waste to quality opposition in the Class 2 Tsuen Lok Handicap (1200m, dirt) at Sha Tin on Sunday (10 October).
On a programme remarkable for the way Sha Tin’s two courses – turf and dirt – played after 485.4mm of rain since Friday (8 October), Millard outlined potential plans for Silver Fig as Jerry Chau posted his first win as a senior rider after graduating from his apprenticeship at Happy Valley on Wednesday (6 October).
Matthew Chadwick climbed into fourth place in the jockeys’ championship with seven wins after a treble atop Soccer Master, The Mint and Golden Link as Jimmy Ting took training honours with a double.
“It’s nice, I’m not complaining – the horses tried their best and I got the wins,” Chadwick said. “We’re just kicking along, hopefully a bit more support comes my way and I can keep producing.”
Ridden patiently by Matthew Poon, Silver Fig justified dual Hong Kong Derby-winning trainer Millard’s opinion of the gelding, whose talent has been compromised by health issues throughout his career.
“When he wins like that, he could be good enough to go to Dubai, but he has had his problems,” Millard said. “When he’s on song, oh my God, he’s just exhilarating when he’s like that.