Frederick Engels: Royal Ascot winner gets off the mark in Hong KongPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Royal Ascot winner Frederick Engels scores
Report: Hong Kong, Wednesday
FREDERICK ENGELS (John Moore/Brett Prebble), a star juvenile in Britain last year, illuminated an otherwise ordinary all-weather programme at Sha Tin on Wednesday night to further elevate his profile in Hong Kong.
Winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and the July Stakes in 2011 for David Brown and owners Pearl Bloodstock, the son of Iceman subsequently had excuses when down the field in two Group 1 races in Ireland and France, but that did not prevent his sale overseas to prominent Hong Kong owners the Siu family.
As is often the case for highly-rated European juveniles newly stabled at Sha Tin, the upper grades of the local system against older, far more experienced horses proved too much for Frederick Engels to cope with on his debut campaign.
Since the close-season, however, aided by a gelding operation and a slight trickle down the handicap, Frederick Engels has now repaid the second installment of his purchase price having also won at Happy Valley at his most recent trip to the races over 5f.
On his latest outing, he displayed adaptability to the dirt track by again swooping late to lift the Class 2 over 6f.
Frederick Engels' style of racing suggests he should easily stay 7f when asked, so a crack at the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile in January does not seem implausible, at least at this stage.
Trainers Michael Chang and Caspar Fownes dominated the remainder of the midweek card with five winners between them.
Chang savoured his second treble in seven years courtesy of Sunshine Kid, Happy Forever (Olivier Doleuze) and runaway winner Champagne Days (Weichong Marwing).
Former dual champion Fownes, meanwhile, extended his lead at the top of the trainers' charts to three after victories by Fiery Raider (Prebble) and Slick Bullet (Vincent Ho).
Elsewhere, British expatriate Sean Woods maintained stealthy headway above mid-table in the trainers' championship on seven wins thanks to a surprise all-the-way success by UK recruit Bosambo who hadn't earned a dollar in his first ten previous starts locally.