Danny Shum Chap-shing is poised to make a flying start to the new season at Sha Tin on Sunday but the astute handler also has one eye on the future for a couple of his promising youngsters.
Shum saddles up 11 runners across nine races on Sunday and looks to have a host of winning chances, with the trainer declaring “the horses are well and they are ready”.
The 59-year-old’s assault is headlined by Regency Legend in the day’s feature – the Class One HKSAR Chief Executives Cup (1,200m).
The flashy four-year-old is unbeaten after three starts – all at the 1,200m – and Shum is confident the gelding can continue his climb up the ratings.
“I think he has got a very good chance, it’s only a small field, he’s good at the 1,200m and he likes it when he’s fresh,” Shum said. “Hopefully there is a good pace for him and he will run good.”
So enthusiastic is Shum about Regency Legend’s ability that he thinks the son of Pins is a realistic chance to push for a berth in the Hong Kong Sprint on international day in December.
“Fingers crossed, we will try our best,” Shum smiled.