Hall to Line Up Westbury Pair on Big Day at Sha Tin15 Feb 2019
Australian ex-pat David Hall will line up horses in each of the big races at Sha Tin on Sunday and both originated from Westbury Stud.
Swiss Ace gelding Little Giant will take on the goliath of Hong Kong racing at the moment when he meets the high class Beauty Generation in the HK$10,000,000 The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup over 1400m. Little Giant’s last two runs have been in “Town Hall” company against the best sprinters in Hong Kong, running fourth in the International Sprint and fifth in The Centenary Sprint Cup. Little Giant was seen in the uncustomary role of pacemaker at his most recent start and fought well for a close fifth.
“His last couple of runs he’s been really pressured early and asked to do something that is out of his comfort zone in a level of racing which he’s never taken on before,” Hall said.
“Obviously it doesn’t get any easier for him now and it’s hard to judge how much those two races have taken out of him. Probably in the back of my mind I think now that he’s had a couple of tough runs against the big boys, he might be better when he’s had a break and comes back and starts again.”
Little Giant will have a change of rider this weekend with regular hoop Zac Purton committed to Beauty Generation, freeing up the opportunity for Vincent Ho to take the mount.
“Vincent is riding extremely confidently this season, I’ve had a bit of success with him and he’s won Group races for me before, so I’m pretty happy to put him on,” Hall said.
Hall will also line-up Makfi entire Ho Ho Khan in another of the day’s features at Sha Tin, the HK$10,000,000 Hong Kong Classic Cup over 1800m. Like Little Giant, Ho Ho Khan was a private purchase through bloodstock agent John Foote after having raced as Mulanchi in New Zealand.
Ho Ho Khan has been in an excellent vein of form in recent starts, winning his last three races in succession and cementing himself as live chance in the upcoming Hong Kong Derby.
“He’s a great little horse, he’s good to train, he’s taken it all before him and he’s in good shape. It’s going to be interesting to see if he can take another step, obviously he has to.”
Ho Ho Khan’s three wins have all been at 1,800m and Hall says his preparation has been “perfect”. “I think his preparation is one that I haven’t had to rush, he’s got the miles in his legs and he is certainly very ready for the 1,800m and I think he will be even better in the 2,000m [of the Derby],” Hall said.
Ironically Vincent Ho (who replaces Zac Purton on Little Giant) has been the regular rider of Ho Ho Khan in his most recent starts but has elected to ride the Tony Cruz-trained Ka Ying Star on Sunday in preference to Ho Ho Khan, but Ho Ho Khan loses nothing on the score of rider talent with the very-much inform Silvestre de Sousa taking the mount.
Pictured: David Hall with his top sprinter Little Giant (Photo: SCMP)« Back