GROUP 1 CHAIRMAN’S SPRINT PRIZE TRACK WORK NOTES
Galloped 1200m on the turf course under work rider Melanie Sharpe in 1m 25.6s (400m splits: 33.0, 29.1, 23.5).
Trainer Robert Heathcote said: “Very happy with his work. Nice blow out and Melanie (Sharpe) gave him the thumbs up. It was a bit warm out there and we galloped quite late in the morning, after waiting for the trials to finish, but it didn’t bother him. Coming from Queensland, he’s used to the humidity.”
Galloped 1000m on the turf course under work rider Britt McDonald in 1m 02.3s (200m splits: 15.4, 13.2, 12.4, 10.9, 10.4)
Co-trainer John Hawkes said: “He worked really well. I’m sure the sectionals will be quick but really the time is immaterial with a horse like this. We know he can run time. He’s got a massive stride and he really lowers himself, like a Ferrari, when he’s at full stretch. It’s more about how he pulls up; he had a bit of a blow but he’s fine, perfect. He sweated up but that’s no issue. It’s a natural function of exercise in the warm weather. It’s only a worry if they sweat up and they’re all revved up but he’s perfectly relaxed.”
DIVINE BOY (HK)
Big-race jockey Derek Leung partnered Divine Boy in a 1050m all-weather (wet/slow track) barrier trial this morning and passed the post three lengths in front in a time of 1m 01.77s.
Jockey Derek Leung said: “He felt good, he’s fit and everything’s well. It was an easy trial, he was better than them and it was all smooth. It was a good work out for the weekend, so hopefully he will run well.”
Galloped 1200m on the all-weather track in 1m 24.0s (33.4, 27.4, 23.2), in company with Shining Champion.
LUCKY BUBBLES (HK)
Worked 400m (turf track) in 24.6s under Brett Prebble.
MONGOLIAN SATURDAY (USA)
Jockey Douglas Whyte galloped the gelding yesterday morning.
“I sat on him yesterday and he worked nicely. He likes to do things his own way; he wants to do everything a bit quickly. But he’s settled in nicely and I’m glad he came in early – he’s gelled into the place.”
NOT LISTENIN’TOME (HK)
Trainer John Moore said: “He’ll work on grass Thursday morning. You just don’t know after a horse travels, he’s given every indication since Dubai that he’s fine but you just don’t know until they race.”