Spirited Express (115lb) is yet to win in Hong Kong and will form a two-pronged assault in Wednesday’s Class 2 feature for Yiu, while later on the card, the 65-year-old saddles last-start winner Jolly Ruler (125lb) in the Class 3 Tsuen Fu Handicap (1200m).
A four-year-old by Helmet, Jolly Ruler was devastating when winning last time out and remains in the same grade following that effort as he lines up for a rematch with Super Win Dragon (131lb) – who has already resumed for a win this term.
“He did his job at the end of last season. He’s kept improving, he’s a horse who is pretty versatile and I think he even goes good on the grass too, not just the dirt,” Yiu said.
Yung, Purton look to continue dirt dominance
Benno Yung and Zac Purton take a strong hand into Sha Tin’s all-dirt fixture tomorrow night (Wednesday, 26 October) as they look to maintain a sizzling run of dominance on Hong Kong’s dirt course.
Combining for a treble in tandem on the dirt earlier this month, Yung and Purton will reunite with each of those runners – Fiery Diamond, Yes We Can and Handsome Twelve – this week as each horse chases consecutive wins.
“Benno’s always been a great supporter of mine, we’ve had a lot of luck together and he presents his horses well when I ride them and hopefully we can keep putting them in the back of the net,” Purton said.
Handsome Twelve (125lb) steps out to contest the finale tomorrow, the Class 3 Yeung Uk Handicap (1650m) and will break from gate seven under the Australian.
“He did a really good job (last start), he had to chase down a handy horse (Chancheng Prince) on the dirt and he’s not easy to get past, he had a lovely run in the race and my plan was to track him through and that all worked out well,” Purton said.
The American-bred Chancheng Prince (135lb) is a solid contender on the dirt and will chase revenge after being overhauled by Handsome Twelve earlier this month.
“I really had to dig deep and fight to get past him, obviously we meet him worse at the handicap this time and his barrier is not as kind as it was last start. So he’s going to need everything to go his way again, it’ll come down to the tempo of the race and the run we get but he’s very honest and he’ll run well,” Purton said.
On Sunday afternoon (23 October), Purton guided a brave Lucky Sweynesse into second placing behind Wellington in the G2 Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin.
“You swap the barriers and it might have been a different result but he was gallant in defeat and it’s just going to harder from here on now,” Purton said.
Lucky Sweynesse was overhauled late by Wellington who on Sunday, made a sparkling return to racing. The pair will meet again in next month’s (20 November) G2 BOCHK Private Banking Jockey Club Sprint (1200m).
Wednesday’s (26 October) nine-race all-dirt programme kicks off at 6.45pm with the second section of the Class 5 Chung On Handicap (1200m).