Champion's can pay his way despite 10lb rise for third successive victory
Perfect To Play
8.05 Sha Tin
2pts winChampion's Way
9.10 Sha Tin
10.15 Sha Tin
There is a new kid on the block in Hong Kong, who has been booked for sixrides at Sha Tin on his racing debut in his native country.
His name is Alfred K H Chan, and he claims the maximum 10lb allowance. If it seems a little unusual for a new face to be in such demand on his first day, let me explain.
When Chan, 24, progressed through the ranks at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s apprentices’ school, he was sent to gain extra riding experience in Australia and New Zealand, where he chalked up around 100 winners.
It is standard procedure in Hong Kong for young jockeys to travel abroad to earn their stripes before returning to compete on home soil– and Chan proved himself one of the stars of his year.
Hence, trainers have beenlining up to book him. It is fair to say heis excellent value for his 10lb, as it is rare to find such a claimer with so much success already achieved.
So, don’t miss him. The Caspar Fownes-trainedPerfect To Play (8.05) in the Class41m1f handicap may be the best of his rides, based on the fact he has gone up 6lb for his recent breakthrough win, an increase nullified by his young partner’s generous allowance.
Perfect To Play was second in the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh before shipment to Hong Kong, where he had a dismal first season for trainer Chris So. But he has turned the corner, winning at Happy Valley last start on his debut for Fownes.
John Size saddles the day’s good thing,Champion’s Way (9.10) in the Class3 6f sprint. He is up 10lb for his third win on the trot but should cope with that plus an awkward draw. He willstart at cramped odds but should oblige.
The other to keep in mind is the John Moore-trainedEncouraging (10.15), in the Class2 7f handicap. He has progressed to a different level since switching stables, winning four from six starts for Moore.
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