Yiu to keep Kingdom fresh for HK Sprint
Former world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom was missing from entries for the Group Three Premier Bowl and will attempt to win his third Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint on December 11 without another preparation race.
The eight-year-old made his seasonal return on October 1, rushing home for second to Entrapment down the straight course at Sha Tin in the Sha Tin Sprint Trophy, but he will miss a return bout on Sunday with John Size's unbeaten star.
Yiu has confirmed he will take a new tack with Sacred Kingdom to give him his best chance at international glory again, knowing that he will still be competitive in December if he can reproduce that National Day run.
'He is an older horse now and seems to be running his best races when he is fresh, so he won't run again before the international meeting,' Yiu said.
'That will keep him fresh with more than two months between races and he is not difficult to keep fit and ticking over between now and then.'
That move has allowed Sacred Kingdom's rider, Zac Purton, to renew his successful association with Little Bridge, who ran into trouble in the race on National Day but he, like the other entries, will still be looking for ways to improve if he is to compete with Entrapment.
John Moore has shrugged off his failed Melbourne tilt with Mighty High and Silver Grecian - who will return to Hong Kong on November 1 - and the champion trainer will field powerful teams both this Sunday's feature races. Moore will have as many as six runners in the Premier Bowl - Dim Sum, Sunny King, Let Me Fight, Able Speed, Leading City and Final Answer - while Able One, Irian and Champions Mile winner Xtension will carry stable hopes in the Sha Tin Trophy (1,600m).
Size and Moore will provide 15 of the 28 runners in the two features, while Tony Cruz will send out two in each event, notably using the Sha Tin Trophy as Gold Cup winner California Memory's launching pad into the new season.