Savvy Nine will aim to become the second horse in history to defend his mantle in the G3 January Cup Handicap (1800m) this Wednesday night (5 January) at Happy Valley.
Noble Conqueror prevailed in 2010 and 2011; tomorrow night, Savvy Nine will attempt to do the same, following on from his triumph in the race last year – his first and only win in Hong Kong.
Trained by Douglas Whyte and to be ridden by Keith Yeung, the French-bred import – who was formerly with William Haggas in Great Britain – has had four runs this season in the lead-up to tomorrow’s HK$3.7 million challenge – exactly like before he won in 2021.
“He’s in fantastic form – he seems to come good in the winter and he’s had the same lead in as last year – Ryan Moore was very complimentary of his last run, he tended to think that he could have won if the pace was a bit stronger, but he’s come out of that race in really good order, so he’s going into this race, fit, healthy and in good condition,” Whyte said.
Prior to import, Savvy Nine raced five times in France – twice placing at G3 level in the Prix des Chenes (1600m) at Longchamp and Prix de Guiche (1800m) at Chantilly.