Caspar Fownes is contemplating a G1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) tilt with Zebrowski next month after the five-year-old toughed it out to claim this afternoon’s (Sunday, 30 January) G3 Centenary Vase Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin.
“He’s stepping up to every task and sometimes you have to throw them in the deep end a little bit, out of their comfort zone rating-wise.
“If he ran in a Gold Cup he certainly wouldn’t be disgraced – he’d still be a first-four chance in my opinion because he’s such a good stayer. Most importantly, we will see how he pulls up because he’s a ‘jointy’ horse, he has his issues,” Fownes said.
Group 1-placed in the 2020 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Zebrowski has made a swift acclimatisation to Hong Kong; he’s now a two-time Group 3 winner from only eight starts in town after claiming the G3 January Cup Handicap (1800m) at Happy Valley earlier this month.
“Conghua certainly helps in preparation for his races so he’ll be going back there next week and then obviously if I’m happy with how he is, we’ll bring him back for the Gold Cup,” Fownes said.
The Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup forms a Group 1 double-header on Sunday, 20 February at Sha Tin along with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m).