Jimmy Ting stunned Sha Tin last year when Amazing Star landed the G2 Sprint Cup (1200m) at odds of 178/1 and this Sunday (3 April) the handler is out to do it again, taking aim with Computer Patch – a recent big-name acquisition to the stable who is hunting an overdue win.
A reliable performer who placed at Group 1 level last term, Computer Patch finished a length off winning a hot Class 1 at his first run for Ting earlier this month in a contest which also featured Hot King Prawn, Master Eight, Super Wealthy and Sight Success – an effort the 49-year-old trainer hopes will springboard the bay to lucrative late-season riches.
“This horse is similar to Amazing Star, if he gets a good position then he can run well, I hope I can win it again – fingers crossed,” Ting said. “If he runs well, we’ll go to the Chairman’s Sprint Prize.”
Generally, an on-pacer, Ting has employed new tactics for the five-year-old to adhere to, adopting a more conservative approach in the run as he pursues his first win since claiming the G3 National Day Cup Handicap (1000m) on 1 October, 2020.
“For me, I don’t think he is a leader, I think with a good position he can take a sit and then in the straight sprint fast and keep going, his sprint isn’t too strong, but he will keep going,” said Ting ahead of this weekend’s HK$4.75 million Sprint Cup at Sha Tin.
Computer Patch has banked HK$16.65 million for connections, largely due to his close-up second for trainer Tony Cruz and jockey Matthew Chadwick in the 2021 G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) behind Wellington.
“He just needs to be a bit more relaxed, take a sit and I think he can be better doing that, his form is good, so I hope that he will run well,” Ting said.