Richard Gibson will attempt to crown Wellington’s season in familiar fashion by chasing victory in the G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) in three weeks after the speedster snared the G2 Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (3 April) with another outstanding display of power.
Conceding weight to seven of nine rivals, Wellington shouldered 128lb under Alexis Badel to deny Sight Success (123lb) by a neck after surging down the middle of the track, while Master Eight (123lb) was third, a further three-quarter of a length away.
Bidding to claim a third G1 feature at the glittering FWD Champions Day meeting on Sunday, 24 April, Wellington demonstrated his superiority on Sunday after outsprinting his opponents with a withering 21.68s burst over the final 400m, charging from seventh to triumph in the process.
Gibson quickly confirmed the son of All Too Hard would be spelled immediately after his next assignment, just as he had been last season in the aftermath of G1 success.
“It’s only a few weeks’ time, these horses are in good shape,” Gibson said. “His last run of the season will be in three weeks’ time. He’s been the best sprinter in Hong Kong for some time. He was carrying quite a big penalty today and I thought he showed some class and style once again.
“The stats were against us in these races, so there was a bit of pre-race nerves but the horse has been training so well and showed a lot of class and ability today.”