Green Jacket ready to get back on feet
There has been plenty of press about unhappy owners changing stables this week, but Roger Li Ka-chun is unlikely to be thinking about transferring any of his horses away from the Caspar Fownes yard.
Fownes did a marvelous job to get Li's headline horse, Green Birdie, to bag an International Group One in the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore earlier this month, and the owner will not be complaining about the way his other horse, Green Jacket, trialled on the all-weather track at Sha Tin on Friday.
The Fownes-trained stablemate Lucky Nine (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) continued his winning form at the trials after beating St Fevre (Matthew Chadwick) in the opening heat over 1,200m in a time of 70.91 seconds - the fastest of the morning - but it was hard not to notice the fast finishing effort of Green Jacket.
Green Jacket missed the start under the guidance of Mark du Plessis, but railed through to sit in the second bunch before bridging a five-length margin in the straight to run into third under his own steam.
He is a competitive horse that looks as if he has the will to win, and if the race-day jockey can get him to jump away more quickly, another win before the end of the season looks imminent.
Last-start winner Grand Dancer (Jeff Lloyd) also travelled sweetly for Jeff Lloyd in the first heat, and trainer Sean Woods will also be hoping to squeeze another win out of this fellow while he is in terrific condition.
The David Hall-trained Power Return (Du Plessis) claimed the final heat in 71.29 seconds, but the eye-catching workout came from the Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained Touch Chic (Howard Cheng Yue-tin), who strode strongly into second place with the side winkers on.
Green Jacket has raced seven times for one win and two placings, for stakes of: $838,250