The King’s Shield put both its soul-destroying Group 3 Korea Cup (1,800 m) defeat and Class 2 National Water Handicap (1,650 m) rivals behind its main event held in Shatin on Wednesday night. You have won the event.
Hong Kong’s top dirt specialist endured the worst two minutes of his career in Seoul, failing to find the front line from the inside barrier and finishing 24 lengths behind the winner.
Zach Parton has reappeared in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, replacing Matthew Chadwick aboard the King’s Shield.
It looked like an ill-fated reunion as the Kwok Shui handicap field entered the home straight. Derek Leung Ka-chun rode into his well-supported favorite Apache Pass mid-race, demoting Purton and Kings Shield to his second place.
But the Kings Shield kicked back under Parton and did what he hadn’t done in 12 months at Newmarket Yards for British trainer John Gosden.
Kings Shield’s current handler, Frankie Lor Fu-chuen, of course turned to Parton after testing positive for Covid-19.
“It was a tough, good win. I rode him patiently. He did a good job,” Parton said. I rode him only four times.
Parton piloted three of Wednesday’s nine winners, but the night’s best story from the riding ranks was Jack Wong Honam, who recorded his first win in 16 months and his 100th career success. It was a milestone moment for Jerry Chau Chung Lok to record. .
Wong won the first section of the Class 5 Chong on Handicap (1,200 m) in Happy Fat Cat, while Chau won the second section of the Diamond Soars.
“It’s been a long time since the last winner,” said Wong, who hadn’t greeted the judges since the success of Highly Proactive’s Sha Tin on June 26 last year.
“Amazing. A big thank you to Ricky Yu for supporting me. The horse did a great job. He’s fast-paced, so I let him go,” said a happy Chow.
In the training ranks, Benno Yun Ting Pang and Pierre Ng Panchie recorded doubles, pushing their season totals to 8 and 6 respectively.
Meanwhile, there were no notable omissions in the domestic entries for December’s Longines Hong Kong International Race, announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Golden 60 and California Spangle remain on a collision course in the Hong Kong Mile, but Francis Louie Kinwai has also nominated the Golden 60 for an unexpected trend in the Hong Kong Cup.
Group 1 winners Speedster, Wellington, Skyfield and Stronger qualified for the Hong Kong Sprint.
Rising stars Lucky Sweynesse and Cordyceps Six spice up the entry, with Lucky Patch and Courier Wonder also participating.
The other three Group 1 winners are Hong Kong Derby winner Romantic Warrior, two-time Group 1 champion Russian Emperor and 2021 Champions & Charter Cup winner Panfield, all at the Hong Kong Cup. and Hong Kong Vase.
“I am very pleased with the overall picture of the entries for the Longines Hong Kong International Races. The best horses from Hong Kong – Golden Sixty, Wellington, California Spangle, Romantic Warrior and Russian Emperor – are all nominated and the It makes for a great gathering place.”