Me Tsui Yu-sak is hoping for a “Telecom day” at Happy Valley on Wednesday night as he saddles up a trio of competitive runners for the Cheung brothers of Hong Kong company Telecom Digital.
Telecom Fighters, Telecom Rocket and Telecom Smart step out at the midweek meeting and Tsui hopes he can deliver the goods.
“These three horses are very consistent. They are super good as owners, they never put pressure on the trainer,” he said.
The Cheungs have had a string of Telecom horses across a range of trainers and Tsui currently has four in his stable.
“Sometimes there are too many Telecoms and I get confused and talk to them about the wrong one,” the veteran trainer laughed.
Telecom Fighters chases the second win of his maiden Hong Kong campaign in the Class Three Merlin Handicap (1,650m) and the four-year-old will be ridden positively by Joao Moreira from gate seven.
“He’s a very honest horse. He will go to the front and it will depend on the pace as to what he can do in the race – if there’s a suitable pace I think he’s a chance,” Tsui said.
Six-year-old Telecom Rocket is a veteran of 34 starts and while he’s only won twice, he’s in arguably career-best form ahead of the second section of the Class Four Tong Shui Handicap (1,200m).
After a win two starts back, the gelding was a close second a week ago and Karis Teetan takes the reins from barrier nine.
“Every jockey knows in the last 200m he will finish strong. I hope he can return to the winner’s circle,” Tsui said.
Telecom Smart is edging closer to breaking his Hong Kong maiden after back-to-back runner-up finishes, with the four-year-old motoring home when last in action on April 28.
Telecom Smart has had single-figure draws for all nine of his Hong Kong starts and has drawn nicely in two for the first section of the Tong Shui Handicap, with Teetan retaining the ride.
“He finished very well over the last 200m. About the 300m he came off the rail nicely and that gave him enough room [to hit the line],” Tsui said.
Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Blake Shinn is looking to continue his good form after his first Hong Kong double at Sha Tin on Sunday and hopes Harmony N Blessed is the horse to help him do that.
The David Hayes-trained four-year-old, who started his career with a bang with two straight wins, must overcome gate 11 in the Class Three Java Handicap (1,000m).
“He’s a natural running horse, that’s his best attribute, and he’s a very strong horse so I think we just fire him out [of the gates] and see how it unfolds,” Shinn said.
“He doesn’t have to lead, I’d love if he can find the rail and he corners very well. That’s one of his best assets and if he can do that I reckon he will take a power of beating.”
Harmony N Blessed is looking to return to the winner’s circle for the first time since saluting
under Hollie Doyle in the International Jockeys’ Championship in December.
“I think the horse’s form has been fairly consistent but as he’s gone up in class, when you’ve got that racing pattern where you’ve got to do it at both ends it’s hard for a horse,” Shinn said.
“I honestly believe he is going to make his way up the ratings, hopefully quite high up in the ratings, so we certainly haven’t reached the bottom of this horse and hopefully tomorrow night he can show his true form.”