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Danny Shum passes 700 Hong Kong-win milestone

Danny Shum celebrated his 700th Hong Kong winner in typically understated fashion when exciting talent Romantic Warrior won the second section of the Class 4 Murrayfield Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

Romantic Warrior marks Danny Shum’s 700th Hong Kong win, photo Hong Kong Jockey Club

A protégé of Ivan Allan and famed by Little Bridge’s 2012 G1 King’s Stand Stakes victory at Royal Ascot, Shum is one of the most respected horsemen in the sport and the milestone victory leaves him in elite company in Hong Kong.

Of the current trainers in the jurisdiction, only Tony Cruz (1,361), John Size (1,341), Caspar Fownes (974), Ricky Yiu (851), Dennis Yip (782) and Francis Lui (760) have trained more winners than Shum, while John Moore holds the overall record of 1,735.

Shum, 61, was characteristically modest about personal achievement as he contemplated Romantic Warrior’s future.

“It means I have to work harder, it's not bad - but it's not great for 18 years. It's about 40 winners a season, I need to do better actually,” he said.

“He's (Romantic Warrior) got a good turn of foot, he's just very easy to control this horse - he's very good. I'll send him to Sha Tin now, I have to talk to Joao to see whether we got to 1200 (metres) or 1400.”

Joao Moreira, who notched a double on the programme but was eclipsed by Zac Purton’s treble, is bullish over Romantic Warrior’s prospects after producing a rail-hugging ride on the Hong Kong International Sale Graduate.

“It was very nice win. We expected him to be much closer, but he dashed home. He’s got a lot of ability. I think the handicapper will need some time to stop him winning races,” the Brazilian said.

Purton boosted his seasonal tally to 40 after John Size’s Scores Of Fun breezed to victory in the Class 2 Bruntsfield Handicap (1200m), adding to Purton’s earlier successes on Yee Cheong Warrior and Run The Table.

Hong Kong racing continues at Sha Tin on Sunday.

        
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