An emerging wave of talent will square off with Hong Kong’s elite at this year’s FWD Champions Day on Sunday, 24 April at Sha Tin, all vying for a share of the HK$65 million up for grabs across three stellar Group 1 contests.
Headlining the entries is Golden Sixty who chases back-to-back HK$20 million G1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m) wins, Russian Emperor, who is out to bolster his burgeoning record by capturing the HK$25 million G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) and Wellington, seeking to defend his title in the HK$20 million G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m).
However, there is no shortage of fresh blood rising to the challenge with this season’s BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) hero Romantic Warrior lining up in the FWD QEII Cup, while California Spangle – second to Romantic Warrior in the BMW Hong Kong Derby – takes his shot at the Horse of the Year – Golden Sixty – in the FWD Champions Mile, bidding to give Tony Cruz a third win in the race after Bullish Luck (2005 & 2006).
As well, Master Eight – winner of his first five starts – joins his fellow four-year-olds with an assault on the Chairman’s Sprint Prize, aiming to lift his name alongside the likes of Silent Witness (2004), Sacred Kingdom (2008), Ivictory (2018) and Wellington (2021) as four-year-old winners of the final leg of Hong Kong’s Speed Series since the turn of the century.
The entries feature 34 horses in total, including nine individual Group 1 winners.
This Sunday’s (3 April) HK$4.75 million G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) and HK$4.75 million G2 Sprint Cup (1200m) features many of the entered runners for FWD Champions Day including Golden Sixty, Russian Emperor, Wellington, Hot King Prawn and Master Eight, looking to springboard into the end of month showcase with victory at Sha Tin.
FWD Queen Elizabeth II Cup