Danny Shum’s aspirations of landing the 2024 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) soared with Helene Feeling’s brilliant triumph in the Class 2 Victoria Harbour Handicap (1650m) under Karis Teetan at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (20 September).
One of Hong Kong’s most accomplished and respected horsemen, Shum immediately outlined plans for the Sioux Nation gelding’s participation in the lucrative Four-Year-Old Classic Series after the three-year-old out-gunned older opposition to claim a HK$1.5 million PP Bonus as well as HK$1,747,200 in prizemoney.
“I’m pretty confident he’s got a ticket for the Hong Kong Derby now,” Shum said of the 82-rater. “I will look at the programme and run him maybe one or two more times before the Four-Year-Old Classic Series starts in January.
“I thought he would run good tonight, but the win made me think the horse has improved a lot – better than I thought.”
A dual winner in England as Indian Dream when trained as a two-year-old by Michael Bell, Helene Feeling improved his Hong Kong record to three wins and three placings from six starts for Shum.
Caught three-wide into the first turn, Helene Feeling (117lb) eventually settled in second place behind Telecom Fighters before responding strongly in the straight to Teetan’s urgings to comfortably defy course specialist Nearly Fine (119lb) and Rise Brethren (122lb).