Tony Millard will pitch Glorious Dragon and Northern Superstar against the mighty Exultant in Sunday’s (16 February) G1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin, but the handler is under no illusions as to what they’re up against.
Two of Hong Kong’s rising stars will clash at Sha Tin on Saturday (8 February) when speedsters Voyage Warrior (133lb) and Duke Wai (118lb) meet in the Class 2 Choi Hung Handicap (1200m).
The road to the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) is shortening with the Four-Year-Old Classic Series already underway and the big race less than two months away, and on Sunday (2 February) the picture should become clearer with six Derby entrants looking to strengthen their credentials in the Class 2 Azalea Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin.
Exultant faces a weighty task in Monday’s (27 January) G3 Centenary Vase Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin as he bids for back-to-back wins in the race.
Beauty Generation faces a pivotal test in Sunday’s (19 January) G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) at Sha Tin with not only the direction of future assignments but also his status as Hong Kong’s best miler in the balance.
Big Party shaped like a potential top-liner when ascending the ranks last season and will get his chance to prove his merit in Group class when he takes his place in Sunday’s (29 December) G3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy Handicap (1000m).