James McDonald will ride Romantic Warrior at the Hong Kong International races as Karis Teetan continues to recover from a thyroid condition.
Teetan, who accompanied Romantic Warrior to Hong Kong Derby success last season, has been sidelined since September 18 due to the ailment, symptoms of which include high heart rate and muscle weakness.
The Jockey Club’s executive director of racing, Andrew Harding, confirmed that Teetan, who is currently on vacation in Thailand with his family, “continues to receive treatment. [and] It seems likely that it will be several more months before I can ride again.”
That means Teetan will miss at least the next two Romantic Warrior races, with the fit James McDonald to ride the four-year-old in the Group Two Jockey Club Mile on November 20 and the Group Hong Kong Cup. One next month (2,000m) .
Shum confirmed that the ride aboard the Romantic Warrior is still Teetan’s as he returns to the saddle after the pair also combined to win last season’s Classic Mile and Group One QEII Cup (2000m).
McDonald, who rode eight winners during his dominant Melbourne Cup Carnival, will also ride the David Hayes-trained Super Wealthy on November 20, riding the latest Group Three winner in Group Two Jockey Club Sprint (1,200m).
It was a pleasantly surprised Chris So Wai-yin who walked away from Sha Tin on Sunday with his first hat-trick in over four years, and with good reason.
An all-out bet on winners Smart Leader ($2.4), Flying High ($20), and Young Victory ($16.65) would have paid 798-1, and So could have been forgiven for thinking his time in the winner’s circle was up after Smart Leader. victory as favorite in the inaugural event.
“To have three winners today, I’m a bit surprised. It feels good, of course, and I’m very happy. The training ranks are very competitive, but I’m not doing too bad,” said So, whose haul took him to nine season winners and five off the top-place leader Tony Cruz.
After Smart Leader topped the Class Five L’Oreal Paris Handicap (1200m) with Zac Purton to get So going, the affable guide was back in action just two races later thanks to Flying High’s Class Four win Kate Tokyo. Handicap (1,000m).
With debutants Allgreektome ($1.6) and Baby Crystal ($5) one and two on the market, Flying High was a significant drifter in the final minutes of the betting.
It didn’t bother the five-year-old, though, who rode ahead of midfield under Matthew Chadwick before finding it too late to grab Baby Crystal down the line and break his Hong Kong maiden in the 19th opening.
“The horse has a very short run, so I think Matthew is a very good jockey,” So said of Flying High.
“And I need to thank the owner for his patience. The horse, I can’t say it was a disappointment, but it is limited.
“We tried to put it in the dirt, but it didn’t run well. You need cover, wait until the last 200m, go out and hit the line.
“I wasn’t sure – John Size’s horse [Baby Crystal] looked good, David Hayes’s horse [Allgreektome] it looked good, and the odds were already telling everyone there was no confidence.”
So’s first hat-trick since June 2018 was in the bag after just four races, with Young Victory completing the smash-and-grab job in the Class Four Canmake Tokyo Handicap (1400m).
The lightest horse in the field at 1,087 pounds, Young Victory looked to enjoy Angus Chung Yik-lai’s 10-pound claim in a race in which he raced off the fence ahead of midfield and outpointed his rivals in the straight.
“He’s healthy, but always skinny and when I push him, he always loses weight,” So said of Young Victory, whose two wins have come in the Sha Tin 1,400m.
“I think that’s why he sometimes doesn’t act. Of course, the horse can win in this class, but he wasn’t too confident.
“We had the advantage because we had the 10-pound Angus claim. He drives well and the 10-point difference has been the key. In the first section they were fast, which was good for us.”
lor finds a friend
Frankie Lor Fu-chuen hopes A Pal can carry the colors of 2019 Hong Kong Derby winner Furore to another four-year series after the savvy import opened his account on Sunday.
While A Pal has a long way to go to reach the heights of Furore, who amassed more than HK$36 million in prize money in his 22-start career in Hong Kong, Lor hopes connections will feel the thrill again. to participate in the Classic. Series.
“His grade today was a 66, so maybe he could get 10 points, but he would still need to win again to get into the four-year series,” Lor said. “He’s a good horse, but he still needs to relax more.”
Sent out as a $2.75 favorite for his third start in Hong Kong, A Pal bettered his last start in second place to claim an imposing three-length victory in the Class Three Eleanor Handicap (1,400m).
Positioned perfectly behind the leader Private Rocket by Derek Leung Ka-chun, A Pal grabbed a parlor ride over the rail down the stretch to produce a win that suggests the son of More Than Ready, who won once in four races prior to import into Australia. – has more to give.