Let Me Handle It taking Super Satin's Derby path
Caspar Fownes has promising four-year-old Let Me Handle It treading in the footsteps of his 2010 Hong Kong Derby winner Super Satin after an impressive win in the Class Two Southwell Handicap (1,600m).
There is plenty of evidence to suggest Fownes is banking on a repeat of Super Satin's winning formula from last year after giving Let Me Handle It a freshen-up to bring him to a peak for the Group One Mercedes Benz Hong Kong Derby (2,000m) on March 20.
Let Me Handle It's two-length win in the final event beared all the trademarks of a Super Satin-styled tilt at the Derby - the only difference being that he won over the mile instead of 1,800m after his freshen-up.
Super Satin came off a five-week break to win on the same day last year, in an 1,800m Class two, off exactly the same handicap rating of 91 - before going on to place second in the Group Two Derby Trial and win the major Group One classic.
Fownes (pictured) says he will trace a similar path to this year's Group One with Let Me Handle It, who will now be aimed at the re-named Derby Trial, the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Cup (1,800m) on February 20.
'I gave him a freshen-up after he was beaten last time over the 1,800m, but I was happy to run him here and miss the Classic Mile next week, because I have Lucky Nine in that race anyway and thought this was an easier option through the handicaps,' Fownes said. 'Now that's he's won today I'm sure he's secured his place in the Derby Trial and in the Derby, so we can concentrate on going there. He's a very good horse, he didn't do anything more today than what I expected, and even though Semos looked unlucky in the race, Let Me Handle It did the job well.
'I'm sure there's a lot more to come, he still idles when he gets to the front, which is just inexperience, and I think he is only going to keep improving with racing.'
Brett Doyle maintained his unbeaten record of three rides for three wins, pushing Let Me Handle It through a split in the straight before booting him to a comfortable two-length margin over Sapelli.
Doyle racked up a double of his own after an earlier win aboard the Andy Leung Ting-wah-trained Needles And Thread, who returned to his favoured surface for a half-length win over the Fownes-trained Royal Pumpkin.
'The victory had a lot to do with Brett's understanding with this horse, he knows how to ride him better than anyone,' Leung said. 'I gave Needles And Thread a bit of time to recover since his last run, and like most dirt horses he needs that bit of freshness in his legs to get travelling.'