Speed Racer and Champagne Days maintain Chang's winning momentum
Speed Racer and Champagne Days both saluted to give trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai a satisfying double and push him past 10 wins for the season at a more than healthy strike-rate.
Chang has saddled up winners at a rate of 11.2 per cent and his stable has been building some momentum over the past month, producing three winners since Speed Racer won his first race on November 28.
'It has been a good month of results for our stable and Speed Racer really is a good example of how a few horses have started to improve,' Chang said. 'I think he certainly holds a class advantage in the bottom grade, he is better than a Class Five horse now, and I really believe that he is just a late maturer who can continue to improve now.'
Jeff Lloyd piloted the grey to victory once again and has been working with Chang in trackwork to get the horse to relax and become more tractable.
'I think the work is paying off with him now, he has a very bad mouth and wants to hang and carry on, but he's been better in the mornings and has shown that improvement on the track,' Lloyd said.
'It can be very good for a horse like him to put two together and I know Michael thinks he can certainly step up to Class Four and get over further, too.'
Speed Racer showed a good turn of foot to outclass Sammy's Falcon by 1 1/4 lengths.
'His two runs over 1,400 metres were just a little bit too short at the start of the season, but now he's fit and stepped up to 1,600 metres Speed Racer has really started to shine,' Chang said.
'Champagne Days has also been waiting to get up to a mile, but it was a very clever ride by [Weichong] Marwing to save ground on the rails and help him to victory.'
Marwing - who was a late booking after Gerald Mosse elected to switch to John Moore's Surrounded, made the most of his opportunity and produced the goods on a horse who has often been posted without cover in recent runs.
'At this stage I think Champagne Days is suited at the 1,600 metres, but perhaps we can try him over a little further later on,' Chang said.
Meanwhile, Chang's headline horse, the champion miler Good Ba Ba, will continue to race on despite the trainer recommending to his owner John Yuen Se-kit the eight-year-old be retired after his ordinary 10th in the Hong Kong Mile behind Beauty Flash.