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Chin Going for Gold in Guineas - Cheung Bounces Back with Four
2021-06-14 by Harry Troy

Chin Going for Gold in Guineas

Stanley Chin has confirmed a Macau Guineas (Gr 1) start for his exciting sand galloper City Gold, after another dominant win in Friday night’s Class 2 over 1510 metres on the all-weather surface.

Ridden by regular jockey Masa Tanaka, City Gold again led throughout for an easy win over Tremendous wins (J B Hamel), with Captain Brentford (Peter Lao) in third.

City Gold has now won five races from his last six runs on the sand, and has been very dominant in his last four victories.   The four-year-olds record now reads 12 starts for six wins, two seconds and one third; with all his victories restricted to the all-weather surface.

That however, is not stopping Chin from having a tilt at the Guineas, with the 1800 metres of the Derby in mind.

“Yes, he will run in the Guineas if all is well with him. He deserves his chance, and after this win he is now the second highest rated four-year-old here.” Chin said.

City Gold’s only run on the turf was at his second start in July last season when he finished sixth, beaten ten lengths behind his stablemate Cherry Road.  He was still very immature at the time, and after two more runs Chin gave the gelding a rest, before he started his winning run on the first day of the new season at the end of September.

On breeding one would think that the turf should not be a problem for City Gold. He is by Outstrip (GB), who was a winner of the 2013 Champagne Stakes (Gr 2) over seven furlongs and six yards at Doncaster, and the 2013 Breeders Cup (turf) over one mile at Santa Anita Park.

His dam Mudammera was a non-winner in her four starts, but is by Dubawi (Ire) who was a winner of the Group 1 National Stakes over seven furlongs, as well as the Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr 1), over one mile at the Curragh.

Chin purchased City Gold purely by chance, when he was at the yard of Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams.

“I had bought The Whirlwind (Ex Global Explorer) off Stuart; he was a very good class 1 horse for me in here Macau. I was at his yard one day looking at horses and he suggested I take a look at City Gold who was unraced, but he said that he had worked well alongside a couple of his nice horses.”

“I liked what I saw, and he was fairly priced, so I decided to take a chance on him.” Chin added.

It was a wise decision by Chin, with City Gold’s six wins reaping over $1million HKD for owners Chang Kwok Yin & Kwan Yiu Pang so far, with plenty still ahead of the him.

As it stands Chin’s main Derby hope is Beauty Bolt who performed well at group level in Australia, including a fourth place in the VRC Oaks at Flemington.  That said, City Gold can do no more than he has too date, and the 1800 metres of the SJM Derby does look tailor made for him, should he prove adaptable to the turf.

City Gold

Stanley Chin and Masa Tanaka

Cheung Bounces Back with Four

Eric Cheung has shown his not going down without a fight in his quest for the Jockeys’ Championship, by booting home four winners over the weekend’s racing, to take him within 10 wins of premiership leader Luis Corrales.

Cheung after going winless the week prior, was in fine form for the weekend and opened his account with a win on the Victor Chan trained Pride Sprint, in the Class 5 & 6 over 1510 metres on Friday night.

The win gave Cheung his 105th race winner therefore losing his three pounds claim, at the end of Friday night’s racing.

The former Hong Kong reject City Lucky Star made three wins from three starts in Macau, when he dug deep under Cheung after a wide trip, to get up in the last few bounds to beat the stablemate Hostwin Prosperits, in the Class 4 over 1510 metres.

Prepared by Tony Fung, City Lucky Star is nicely bred being by Redoute’s Choice out of Fashion Note (Singspiel).  An A$90,000 purchase at the Inglis 2017 Easter Yearling Sales, the colt trialed twice in country New South Wales at Tamworth and Quirindi, managing a second place at the latter. 

His time though in Hong Kong was unremarkable, with 11 starts and no placings, he did however manage to get within three and a quarter lengths of them in Class 5 over 1650 metres, on the all-weather track at Sha Tin.  Now a five-year-old, City Lucky Star has strengthened up and evidenced by Saturday’s win, will have no problems handling the rise to Class 3

On Saturday Cheung was quick to strike again with a win in race two for trainer Geoff Allendorf on Global Justice, in the Class 3 & 4 over 1500 metres, giving the gelding back-to-back wins.

Last year’s Derby winner Sacred Magnate rounded out Cheung’s weekend with a win on the Joe Lau prepared galloper in the Class 1 & 2 over 1500 metres.

Sacred Magnate was coming off a narrow defeat at the unsuitable 1200 metres behind Crispy Biscuit, and had been a certainty beaten when second behind Top Mountainlegend back in April over 1500 metres, after running into a traffic jam in the straight, and not finding clear running until the race was all over.

Saturday’s race was run in a downpour with the heavens opening up as the field broke from the gates; however, there were no concerns in the run with Cheung putting the son of Foxwedge (Aus) into a perfect spot in fourth one out and one back, before bursting down the centre of the track to hit the lead at the one fifty mark. Whilst not completely at home in the wet conditions, his class got him through to beat Mountain Tiger (Luis Corrales), with Top Mountainlegend (Roger Yu) in third.

With Corrales coming off a fantastic 22-win spree in two months to set up a commanding lead, Cheung will need nothing short of a miracle to reel him in; that said Corrales went winless for the weekend, so if Cheung could produce another couple of big days he could stay in the race.

As it stands, Corrales is in a very enviable position, with a ten-win lead and just 16 race days to go before the end of the season.

The successful combination of Wayne Smith and Shogo Nakano were back in the winner’s circle Saturday, with the promising Smart Arrow in the Class 4 over 1200 metres.

Having his first run for Smith, Smart Arrow was given a gem of a ride by Nakano midfield against the rail, before weaving between runners and bursting out of the pack late to win handsomely.

Smart Arrow a nice-looking son of Smart Missile (Aus) got home over the top of the speedy Small Waterfall (Masa Tanaka), with Sport General (Breinell Yamzon) in third.

Smart Arrow was formerly with Tony Fung, and had won two on the sand from his first three runs in the enclave before going amiss. The gelding would often get very worked up prior to his races, and proved costly for punters on a few occasions after being sent out as favorite.

“He came to me at the end of April after he was beaten on the sand. He did have some soreness issues in front, so it took a little while to get him right.” Smith said.

“I took the blinkers off and put a hood on him for trackwork; I ride a lot of my own work so I was able to put in plenty of time on him riding him myself. He has not put a foot wrong and has turned into an absolute gentleman in trackwork.”

“He was even perfect at the gates when we gave him a jump out 10 days back, and that used to be a big problem for him the gates.”

It was a much more layback Smart Arrow on Saturday with blinkers off and sporting side winkers for the first time.  He relaxed in the run and found the line strongly.

Global Justice

Sacred Magnate

Smart Arrow

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