A rare night meeting this Tuesday (28 June) sees Super Axiom and Gorgeous Vitality clash in a sizzling edition of the Class 3 Cleverly Handicap (1000m) at Happy Valley.
Both are looking to maintain sparkling rises for their trainers and collect a hat-trick of wins as well as the HK$894,900 bounty on offer for first place.
Breaking from gate four, Super Axiom (118lb) steps out under Dylan Mo following a career-best success in a time of 55.51s down the straight at Sha Tin.
“At this moment, over 1000 metres, he’s one of the fastest in Hong Kong at jumping out of the gates – he’s very fast,” Mo said. “A little bit surprising (his recent form), I’m just riding the horse comfortably and he’s giving a strong finish.”
The Exceed And Excel gelding is after a first win at Happy Valley having won exclusively over 1000m at Sha Tin, while Gorgeous Vitality (126lb) boasts consecutive wins at the city circuit by a combined seven and a quarter lengths.
But even without success in the past at Happy Valley, Mo holds no reservations regarding the 63-rater’s ability to handle the nuances of the tight-turning course.
“He’s looked fine in his replays, he can handle the track and the last few times he’s looked comfortable and taken the turn well, it should be no problem for him,” Mo said.