Regency Legend maintained his unbeaten Hong Kong record with a tough win under Zac Purton in the Class 2 Yuen Long Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The exciting three-year-old conceded weight to all seven of his rivals but came out on top by a neck over Raging Blitzkrieg.
“In Class 2, carrying top-weight of 133(lb), it’s really hard, especially in Hong Kong,” trainer Danny Shum said.
“Now he’s won, he’ll go to the Class 1 where he won’t be carrying top-weight, and then we’ll give him two months off to refresh and we’ll see. We’ll let him relax a bit, so that he’s not so tight. There’s no rush with him.”
Regency Legend raced as Espumoso in New Zealand and was a two-time juvenile winner for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
Regency Legend was originally purchased at Karaka in 2017 by Pamsel Investments for $50,000 and is out of the unraced O’Reilly mare Sparkling.
A half-brother by Savabeel is catalogued as Lot 423 in the Waikato Stud draft of this week’s Book 1 session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales.