Lucky Sweynesse will attempt to cap a stunning first season in Hong Kong when he lines up in the second section of the Class 3 Kam Tin River Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (11 May).
Unbeaten across his first three outings in the Far East, Manfred Man’s exciting three-year-old will need to defy a hefty impost of 133lb in a hot finale against 11 opponents tomorrow night, while seven others in the race have been assigned 119lb or less.
Aiming to leap into Class 2 with a fourth victory at the city circuit, jockey Zac Purton retains the ride and steps away from gate five aboard the 80-rater.
“The big weight is a concern, he’s a little bit on the lighter side with his frame, so it’s going to be difficult for him to carry but it will be a good contest,” Purton said.
The New Zealand-bred carried 127lb to victory last start at Happy Valley, digging deep for a half-length score on yielding ground under Purton.
“He’s done a good job so far, I just thought he made hard work of it last time. He got up outside of the leader and he wanted to over-race, then he ran off on the corner at the top of the rock and then he got on the wrong leg, lost his momentum and I had to ride him into the straight and he wandered on that corner too, he was still able to kick on but he got very tired,” Purton said.