Trainer Tony Cruz says that Wednesday's Happy Valley Class 2 Wah Fu Handicap (1650m) winner Circuit Glory (119lb) is capable of finding the form that saw him win the G2 Championship Stakes (2100m) in New Zealand pre-import, but that he needs a serious attitude adjustment in order to reach those heights.
“I’ve watched him for a while and he’s got a lot of bad habits, he showed them again tonight,” Cruz said. “But he’s always been an impressive horse, he won five of seven in New Zealand, and I think that if he can just be a bit better with his manners, he can win a few races this season.
“Derek (Leung) rode an ideal race and he won with a bit of authority there.”
The night’s feature, the Class 3 Community Chest Cup Handicap (1000m), was taken by the Ricky Yiu-trained Keep Moving (123lb), who appreciated the 10-pound claim of apprentice Victor Wong.
“He’s a horse with plenty of talent, but he’s had a few issues,” Yiu said. “Not many horses can win five from 10 in Hong Kong though. The Happy Valley 1000m is perfect for him with tempo and pace, so I will look for another one now he will be in Class 2.
Yiu also prepared a double with Mickey Rich (128lb) taking the first section of the Class 4 Hing Man Handicap (1200m). The Sepoy four-year-old provided jockey Neil Callan with his first win of the term.
Also scoring a first win for the season was trainer David Ferraris, with Ambitious Heart (126lb) racing clear for a strong on-speed win in the Hing Man Handicap’s second section under Alberto Sanna.
Racing continues at Sha Tin on Sunday with a 10-race card.
New Zealand G2 winner Circuit Glory scores his first Hong Kong victory in the night’s closer, the Wah Fu Handicap, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club