Wednesday night's feature at Happy Valley is the Class 3 Australian Turf Club Trophy Handicap (1200m).
Douglas Whyte is set to partner Super Leader (120lb), a horse that he has ridden at 18 of his 29 starts, including to a last-time second behind Super Hoppy at the course and distance.
“He did get a bump there, but the winner was always coming with a lot of purpose and momentum. It impinged him a little bit, but it certainly didn’t cost him the race,” Whyte said of the Dennis Yip-trained Super Leader.
“I think he’s always held his form, but I think the imperative key for him is that he drew a gate. He hasn’t got the initial gate speed and he’s not a horse that really wants to be driven forward, he likes to get into a rhythm and find the line as he showed last start. It should be similar on Wednesday night.”
Super Leader, trained in New Zealand as Castamere by Graeme and Debbie Rogerson, prior to his arrival at Sha Tin, won early in his Hong Kong career, sprinting to a four-length success at his fourth local start in March, 2016. However, he has only won once since, with Whyte saying there are a number of factors responsible for his low strike-rate.
“He’s limited, firstly, and he likes to be fresh,” the 13-time champion jockey said. “He also likes give in the ground, hence the reason he obviously performs better at Happy Valley and he’ll appreciate the rain around currently. I think, though, once he’s in form, he seems to hold it and run well.” -HKJC