Fa Fa returns to Happy Valley tomorrow night (Wednesday, 25 May) in a bid to recapture his early season spark which reaped four consecutive wins at the city circuit when he contests the HK$2.4 million Class 2 Castle Peak Bay Handicap (1650m).
Disappointing at Sha Tin in all three legs of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series, Fa Fa steps out for the first time since finishing eighth in the 2022 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m), lining up in gate five with Matthew Chadwick aboard for the first time.
“He’s had a bit of time off, I can’t really compare him to how he was before because I’ve never ridden him on race day but he seems happy enough going about his business,” Chadwick said.
A winner of six races – each at Happy Valley – Fa Fa is aiming to summon up his best which saw him share the spoils in this season’s HK$1 million DBS x Manulife Million Challenge with Cheerful Days, who holds an entry for Sunday’s (29 May) HK$3.7 million G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m).
“It’s a race which looks to be winnable and the other horses seem to be more or less about the same level, so we just have to wait and see who comes up on the day but hopefully it’s my guy,” Chadwick said.
Earlier this month, the 87-rater crossed the line first in a barrier trial at Conghua over 1200m on turf in 1m 17.02s (28.6, 24.1, 24.3).