Gearing up for his toughest test to date and the chance to create history, Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year Golden Sixty will step away from barrier two in Sunday’s (12 December) HK$26 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m), much to the satisfaction of trainer Francis Lui at this morning’s (Thursday, 9 December) barrier draw at Sha Tin.
“He is all ready and we’re hoping that luck will come to my team and my owner – and to me too,” Lui said. “Barrier two is ok – we’ll just relax him and wait for the straight, and then we can just let him go.”
This weekend, the six-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro will bid to extend his winning thread to 16 and his overall tally to 19 wins – a new local record in Hong Kong.
“We are very happy with him, he came out of that first run very well – in that race over the first 800 (metres) the pace was very slow, that gave the other horses a little trouble but Golden Sixty, he just has a very good turn of foot now – he knows where the finish is.