Transcendent will attempt to maintain a perfect start to his Hong Kong career when he lines up under a new pilot in a smoking hot Class 2 Chak On Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (29 March).
Francis Lui has the strongest hand of any trainer heading into Sunday’s (22 March) HK$20 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) but that doesn’t mean he’s counting his chickens yet.
Vincent Ho put BMW Hong Kong Derby standout Golden Sixty through a gallop at Sha Tin this morning (Friday, 13 March) but the gun rider’s immediate focus rests upon this weekend’s action, particularly the next step in Preciousship’s attempted ascent to the higher grades.
Big Party will attempt to gatecrash the top tier of Hong Kong’s sprint division on Sunday (8 March) when he challenges high-end rivals Hot King Prawn, Mr Stunning and Thanks Forever in a Class 1 handicap masquerading as a bona fide Group race.
Douglas Whyte is fast-developing a reputation as a trainer capable of preparing young horses for early success and this Sunday (1 March) at Sha Tin three of his brightest prospects will take centre stage as they look to snap a “slow three weeks” for the stable.
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.