Aladdin Prince has returned in good order
Aladdin Prince showed the summer break and change of stables have done him a world of good with an encouraging performance in the Class Three Hong Kong Golf Club Centenary Cup (1,200m) on Wednesday night at Happy Valley.
Nibbled in a point to jump at 11-1 for his first run for Manfred Man Ka-leung, Aladdin Prince was posted four deep without cover before slotting in three deep behind Longwah Rising at the 700m, rounded the final bend five wide and was getting closer with each stride to finish an eye-catching 1 1/4-length third behind the winner The Wand. He was caught in a blanket finish of three for second, a nose behind Danewin Winning and a near-similar margin ahead of Kick Serve.
The four-year-old landed last season at Derek Cruz's barn off a mark of 72 when chalking up three sprint wins up to 1,000m and two placings from 10 starts for trainer Peter Hurdle in New Zealand.
He made his first Hong Kong appearance on June 1, but never got going behind a slow pace in a Happy Valley sprint, before switching to Sha Tin for his final two starts over 1,200m to finish fourth and sixth behind promising pair King Mossman and Longwah Supreme respectively.
Following his short stint at Cruz, the gelding was transferred to Man during the break and had been making nice impression in the mornings, including two neat barrier trials on the turf and dirt.
Aladdin Prince is by the versatile sire Volksraad, who has fathered 28 winners from 52 starters in Hong Kong; mated to the sprint winning Last Tycoon mare Grand Princess.
Grand Princess has produced seven other starting foals and, besides Aladdin Prince, four others have saluted the judge, including his full siblings Captain's Command, a Listed winner; Congratulation, a former John Size-trainer runner who achieved a rating high off 77 in Class Three for two wins at 1,200m and 1,400m; Inshelucky, a multiple 1,200m winner and Listed placed; and Her Royal Highness, a double winner at 1,600m and Listed placed.
Man will also be looking forward to King Of Fish II's next run after the four-year-old put up a career-best effort in the opening event behind Well Done in Po Shek Wu Handicap (1,200m).
He was having his first run in the bottom grade and, by the looks of this effort, should be winning at this level when stepped up to a more suitable 1,400m or mile distance.