Emerging sprinter Courier Wonder shrugged off the disappointment of a luckless first-up run by cruising through a 1050m trial at Sha Tin this morning (29 October), fuelling optimism John Size’s exciting young charge is on target for higher honours.
Beaten for the first time when fifth when resuming behind Lucky Patch in the G2 Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin on 17 October, Courier Wonder was partnered by Blake Shinn on the dirt course today in a measured workout over five furlongs.
Acclaimed as Hong Kong’s Most Improved Horse last season with five wins from as many starts while rising from 52 to 107 in the handicap, Courier Wonder was never allowed off the bit today by Shinn as he finished a hard-held third behind David Hayes-trained Ginson and Tony Cruz’s Singapore Spirit.
Clocking 1m 01.76s and only two lengths behind Ginson, Courier Wonder pleased Size ahead of the G2 BOCHK Private Banking Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) on 21 November.
“He seemed fine. He seemed pretty relaxed and he’ll run on the 21st of November,” said Size, who also saddled Champion’s Way in the second batch with the gelding crossing in ninth place behind Hayes-trained This Is Guts.