Horse Racing
Chancheng Glory eyes four straight wins, Golden Sixty prepares for Stewards’ Cup

By Declan Schuster
24/12/2023 10:34

Chancheng Glory is a four-time winner in Hong Kong.
Chancheng Glory is a four-time winner in Hong Kong.

Chancheng Glory (132lb) has found his groove and trainer Francis Lui hopes the American-bred gelding can lift his game again in Tuesday’s (26 November) Class 3 Pak Tin Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin.

Unbeaten across three starts since switching to the mile and also eligible for the HK$52 million Four-Year-Old Classic Series, Chancheng Glory has been a revelation this season with two wins in Class 4 and one in Class 3 – the latest returned at the end of November.

“He’s good. If he can win, of course, at this moment his rating is a little low (for the Four-Year-Old Classic Series),” Lui said.

The Four-Year-Old Classic Series comprises three races: HK$13 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) on 4 February, HK$13 million Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) on 3 March and HK$26 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) on 24 March.

“He can go a little bit further, he seems a little bit one-paced but he can handle a bit more (distance),” Lui said.

Chancheng Glory brings up a hat-trick of wins at Sha Tin.

A three-year-old son of Mor Spirit, Chancheng Glory faces quality opposition, including Billionaire Secret (126lb), Let’s Do It (123lb) and Accolade Start (132lb). Lyle Hewitson rides Chancheng Glory from barrier five.

Lui declared Golden Sixty to be in good condition. Hong Kong’s champion will chase an 11th Group 1 win in the HK$13 million G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) on 21 January at Sha Tin, in what shapes as potentially his second last run before retirement.

“He’s doing normal work. We’re happy with him, he galloped on Thursday (21 December),” Lui said. “He’s the same, but actually, I think his condition is a little bit better.”

Baby Crystal will make his second start for Lui in the Class 4 Po Shek Wu Handicap (1000m) on Tuesday after a dazzling barrier trial earlier this month with jockey Vincent Ho.

“He’s ok – blinkers are on this time. I think he’ll like them,” Lui said.

Meanwhile, Hugh Bowman returns from injury with a trio of rides, booked to partner Phoenix Light, Pleasant Endeavor and Flagship Warrior on Tuesday afternoon.

“The body isn’t where it was when I left off, but we’ve got to start somewhere and I’m pleased to be back. I’ve got a few rides on Boxing Day and I’ll be slowly progressing into a busier schedule as January approaches,” Bowman said.

The Australian was sidelined falling a fall on 11 November at Sha Tin.

Tuesday’s (26 December) 10-race fixture at Sha Tin starts at 1pm with the Class 5 Wu King Handicap (1200m, dirt).