Doubles all round as Chadwick run continues
Matthew Chadwick bags a running double as California Rad takes the Sha Tin nightcap! #HKracing pic.twitter.com/noINhRt90U
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It's amazing what a couple of bans and a mini-lull for the champ can do to help spread the winning love around. Karis Teetan and Joao Moreira were suspended for both of last week's meetings and, with Zac Purton managing just a single at the Valley last Wednesday and Sha Tin on Sunday, HK's second wave of riding talent seized the moment.
Vincent Ho followed his Wednesday double with another. Chad Schofield and Vagner Borges also bagged a pair, while Matthew Chadwick made it six wins from four meetings when California Rad landed the finale. "I’m just getting on slightly better horses," said the laconic Chadwick, whose recently renewed relationship with Tony Cruz could be very valuable in the coming months.
Schofield primed for Talent show
Benno Yung's gelding failed to win last term but he ended the season in good heart and returned with a fine effort at Sha Tin, coming home strongly in a truly-run race to bustle up highly progressive Mighty Giant. This is another strong contest but Not Usual Talent handles the Valley well and has to rate high on any short list along with Moreira's mount Green Luck, a four-time winner over course and distance who is two from three with the Magic Man aboard.
“Green Luck is going really well,” said trainer Caspar Fownes. “There are a couple of good horses at the top of the ratings with apprentice claims and they look well in, especially off last season’s form. But my guy is in good form, he’s been set for this race for a while, so he’ll be there to give it a shake.”
Fownes and Moreira on Green for go
Fownes is setting a strong gallop at the top of the trainers' table - with 14 wins from just 74 runners - and his partnership with Moreira has produced eight winners from just 18 runners this season.
The Brazilian partners five of Fownes's six-strong team for Wednesday but Purton's link with the King of the Valley looks to have moved into the slow lane given that the pair haven't combined for three weeks now.
Stars shaping up for weekend action
The Prawn, the Patch and the Celebrity Cup rematch are on the menu for Sunday at Sha Tin after entries for the weekend's big races were published on Monday.
Beauty Generation and Golden Sixty square off for a second time in the Sha Tin Trophy with the latter 7lb worse off than when bounding clear of the old champ on his reappearance, while Moreira faced a tricky choice in the G2 Premier Bowl but sticks with the high-class Hot King Prawn, leaving Teetan to get back aboard runaway National Day Cup winner Computer Patch.
Beauty workout delayed as Hayes seeks to bounce back
Hayes scored with two of his first three runners on his first day back as a HK handler early last month but is 0-36 since. The Aussie has four chances to right the ship at the Valley, while Beauty Generation will gallop on turf on Wednesday morning after his intended Tuesday workout was scuppered by a Typhoon warning.