Golden Sixty is expected to follow the exact path he took last season towards the 2022 G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m), however, this time around he’ll be looking to join Good Ba Ba – a Hong Kong racing immortal – as the only three-time winners of the race.
Chasing a career 800th winner at the season-opener at Sha Tin on Sunday (11 September), trainer Francis Lui indicated that Hong Kong’s champion is sound and healthy as he begins to slowly prepare for his highly anticipated return in the 2022 G2 BOCHK Private Wealth Jockey Club Mile (1600m) on Sunday, 20 November.
“He seems ok, healthy and he’s back to work. He seems more relaxed in his gallops,” Lui said. “He has such a good fighting heart; I can’t see any change in him and after the barrier trial we’ll know more. Maybe that will be at the end of September.”
Sealing the sixth Group 1 win of his career at the end of last season in the 2022 G1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m), Golden Sixty enhanced his all-time bank to HK$113,400,600 – surpassing the mantle of HK$106,233,750 previously held by Beauty Generation – to stand alone as Hong Kong’s highest prize money earner in history.
His 21 wins are the most in recent history, which also includes four Group 2s, a pair of Group 3s as well as his 2020 Four-Year-Old Classic Series sweep.
“I think in November, he’ll run in the Jockey Club Mile and then into the Hong Kong International Races – just like last season.
“He’s the same, towards the end of last season we kept him trotting until the season break and the track closed and after it opened it again, we started again. When he gallops he’s much more relaxed,” Lui said.