Computer set for upgrade as Moreira shines again
Moreira was hit with a two-meeting ban for failing to ride out for fourth in Thursday's opener but ended the day six clear of Zac Purton atop of the jockeys' table after a treble that included wins for promising youngster Sky Field and exciting sprinter Computer Patch.
The latter bolted up in the Group 3 National Day Cup, earning an 11lb rise and a tilt at the 6f stars in the Premier Bowl on October 18th.
Computer Patch will receive 16lb from Hot King Prawn in that G2 handicap and Moreira looks set to face a tough choice given that he is also the regular rider of John Size's grey, who landed the Premier Bowl two years ago and looked in great form in a recent trial.
Fownes in search of 900 after Field blooms again
Sky Field bloomed again at Sha Tin yesterday and we followed the youngster from start to finish... 🌟 #HKracing pic.twitter.com/2E4AIo3UF0
— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) October 2, 2020
The flashy chestnut needs to curb his natural enthusiasm if he's to shine over a mile in the longer term but Fownes continues in fine fettle - with eleven winners from just 55 runners - and has nine chances to hit the 900 mark on Sunday.
Proposal earns praise from canny Size
Size has never been found guilty of excessive use of the plaudit so his praise for Excellent Proposal ahead of Sunday's feature at 10.50 suggests the highly progressive chestnut is every bit as good as his growing reputation suggests.
Derby aspirant Excellent Proposal steps up in trip tomorrow at Sha Tin, will he make it three wins in a row? #HKracing
1800m 🤔 pic.twitter.com/XStTDd2FtQ
— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) October 3, 2020
"He looks like a fairly diligent racehorse," said the veteran Aussie. "He travels well, he's fairly kind in his races and he accelerates quite well so he has a lot of things going for him."
All those qualities were seen to good effect when Excellent Proposal defied a high draw and a wide trip to seal a Moreira six timer two weeks ago and the four-year-old will be a warm order to defy an 8lb hike from a much better draw here.
Ascot hero Emperor steps out in new surroundings
The son of Galileo, rated 111 on the BHA scale after winning the G3 Hampton Court Stakes for Aidan O'Brien, is settling in to a new base with Douglas Whyte but only had his first trot on Monday and is unlikely to make his debut for several weeks.
French import Packing Waltham edged nearer a first Hong Kong run with a Happy Valley trial win last Saturday, while the Kwok family have continued their search for a new Beauty Generation by revealing that Johnny Murtagh's Cork Listed winner Aztec Parade will join their powerful team under the care of Tony Cruz.