Celebration Cup all set to begin
The Sha Tin racecourse will see stars like Beauty Only, Peniaphobia, Contentment and Mr Stunning in action for the National Day race meet. The race day will start off with the G3 National day Cup Handicap, a 1000 m race and the G3 Celebration Cup, a 1400 m race. Beauty Only has been assigned the top weight in the Celebration Cup, and this is the first time, Beauty Only is stepping out since last G1 Yasuda Kinen in last June in Tokyo. The six-year-old horse ran under Zac Purton for warm-up this September. Although it came in last out of the five horses, trainer Tony Cruz was more or less happy with Beauty Only’s performance. The horse has been assigned to the top weight division, despite that, Cruz thinks the horse will put on a great race as he is closer to getting race fit than the other horses. Beauty Only will face stiff competition from other classy horses as well. There is five-year-old Season’s Bloom, the winner of the HKSAR Chief Executive Cup winner. Booming Delight, Beauty Generation, Eagle Way and Contentment will surely provide serious rivalry. Cruz will also have Peniaphobia in the G3 National Day Cup in the later races.
Brave Legend set to defy odds again
Brave Legend is one hard-working horse. His jockey, Matthew Chadwick knows this the best when the horse won the Happy Valley. He also believes the four-year-old horse will keep up his good run in the upcoming Class 3 Citi Sprint Challenge Cup. Brave Legend had defied odds before when the horse was sent out 31/1 and ended up winning the race by two and a quarter lengths. Chadwick is really satisfied with the way Brave Legend is running and working out and knows will do so again. With the win, the horse amassed 9 points to tie in the top place with Breeder’s Star. The horse is set to carry 133lbs, but Chadwick is positive the extra weight will not be an issue.
West Coast is the new star on the block
Bob Baffert arguably has some of the best horses in this planet. Not long ago, Arrogate was considered to be the best horse in the world, but after two disappointing fails, the Sultan of Saratoga is facing some heavy criticism. Now it appears Baffert’s stable has produced another star by the name of West Coast. The three-year-old outran the likes of Irish War Cry and Irap in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby. Baffert was very impressed with the three-year-old horse and is expecting big things for him in the future.