Golden Sixty flattened rivals at Sha Tin this afternoon (Sunday, 3 April) with a familiar display screen of sheer dominance to recapture his profitable groove in the HK$4.75 million G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) for jockey Vincent Ho and coach Francis Lui.
“You can see his sort – he‘s my champion,” Lui declared article-race.
Banishing memories of successive defeats – the very first of which halted his unbeaten operate at 16 – Golden Sixty increased his earnings to a mouthwatering HK$102,000,600 with victory to turn out to be only the next horse in Hong Kong racing background at the rear of Beauty Generation to receive around HK$100 million in stakes.
Switching points up to settle fourth in the run from barrier 1, Golden Sixty rolled comfortably less than a confident Ho right before peeling out to hit the entrance with 300m still to participate in and when the rider popped the query, the six-year-previous responded for a two length crushing with Russian Emperor and Savvy 9 filling 2nd and third, respectively.
“The previous two operates, he was just far too much behind and Vincent experienced to arrive to the exterior. This time, we drew barrier one particular – we had no choice,” Lui stated. ”He‘s an honest horse, he can bounce fast and you can put him into any position and you have to take it easy him.”
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Following up for Golden Sixty is the chance to nail a G1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m) repeat, with Ho sounding an ominous warning to prospective opponents forward of the HK$65 million FWD Champions Working day afterwards this thirty day period on Sunday, 24 April.
“He’s not at his major (type) still, mainly because he had some time off, I would say he was only 70 to 80 per cent right now, even though he experienced a good turn of foot but he nonetheless has a little something to strengthen which is best heading into the goal at the conclude of this thirty day period (FWD Champions Mile) – this race will carry him on for certain,” Ho said.
On his way to profitable, Golden Sixty – in the silks of Stanley Chan Ka Leung – clocked 1m 32.96s (24.87, 22.13, 23.09, 22.87).
“It was only meant to be the past race when he bought crushed, the a single ahead of, of system, I made a slip-up and this time we drew (barrier) one, we had a best run and often he has a terrific change of foot – it is challenging for horses guiding to capture him,” Ho explained.
Consecutive winners of the FWD Champions Mile features Bullish Luck (2005 & 2006), Xtension (2011 & 2012) and Beauty Era (2018 & 2019).
“I believe the major goal is the 24th of April and we will see just after the race what we can do soon after that,” Lui explained.
With victory, Golden Sixty turns into the to start with 20-time winner in Hong Kong – a history that features five Group 1s, 4 Team 2s, two Group 3s and a thoroughly clean-sweep of the 2020 4-Yr-Previous Vintage Collection which culminated with BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) glory.
“Golden Sixty, he has so a lot of lovers – thank you to absolutely everyone who supports him and to Golden Sixty of program,” Ho mentioned.
In the race – Champion’s Way finished fourth, Exceptional Proposal fifth and Additional Than This was sixth, whilst Waikuku was previous across the line.
Hong Kong racing carries on at Delighted Valley this Wednesday (6 April).