Paul O’Sullivan is buoyant of a positive result with stable star Duke Wai in Saturday’s (1 January) HK$3.7 million G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin, hopeful his charge can reap the benefits from his remarkable reliability on the track.
“He tries hard and the handicapper has done the right thing by the horse because he is just too consistent, he never goes bad enough to drop points,” O’Sullivan said.
The six-year-old has finished inside the top three 14 times from 26 starts in Hong Kong, including six wins – he’s never too far away and steps into this weekend’s test following a luckless fourth in the Class 1 Panasonic Cup Handicap over this course and distance.
“It was a good run – he just got held up and held up. I was actually going to run him again a bit earlier, but I trialled him and he trialled dreadfully.
“I told the owner ‘We’ll pull out and get ready for the Chinese Club Challenge Cup’ – I trialled him again and he trialled much better,” O’Sullivan said.
The earner of HK$10.258 million has had two trials since last start. The first, he crossed the line a distant last before his first-past-the-post effort on Tuesday, 21 December when he clocked 1m 12.03s over 1200m on a rain affected dirt course.