Fat Choy Hong Kong shows worth on debut
Trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong (pictured) had a sensational day at the races on Sunday and Fat Choy Hong Kong caught the eye with a solid debut performance in the featured Members Cup (1,200m) at Sha Tin.
The three-year-old had to get the green light from the vets when rearing in the air and hitting the rails with both fore legs after leaving the parade ring prior to his Class Two task under the guidance of Mark du Plessis.
He was caught a little wide early after jumping from gate eight before dropping one off to the outside of leader Hawthorne at the 800m. The gelding then cruised to the lead and kept up a good gallop before being nailed by El Zonda.
Fat Choy Hong Kong will clearly come on for this run and may have the fresh legs to chalk up a win before season's end. He looks destined to head higher than his mark of 86 and continue the fine success of the popular Fortuna Syndicate.
He arrived with solid credentials in 10 juvenile starts as Tell Dad for trainer Richard Hannon in Britain for three wins on wet and fast going, including two of his final three over the 1,400m, and five placings.
He is a progeny of Red Ransom stallion Intikhab, a Queen Anne Stakes and Diomed Stakes winner of eight races up to 1,800m and has sired four successful gallopers from eight starters in Hong Kong, among them Fat Choy Ichiban, who raced in the same silks to win six times from 1,000m to 2,400m. Fat Choy Ichiban won the 2010 Queen Mother Memorial Cup.
His dam, Dansili mare Don't Tell Mum, was a short-course winner of two races in Britain and her only other starter, Khawatim, a full brother to Fat Choy Hong Kong, was a double sprint winner in France. Don't Tell Mum is also a half-sister to Regency Winner - a three-timer winner in Hong Kong over 1,200m and 1,650m at Happy Valley.