Progressive Global Fame has the tools to go higher
Danny Shum Chap-shing is having a fine season and has unearthed another smart one in Global Fame.
Shum (18 winners) will enter the new year sitting co-third in the trainers' standings with John Moore and can bank on progressive Global Fame to keep adding to that tally.
The three-year-old was given time to find his feet since finishing ninth to All Victory in his debut on opening day in September over 1,200m at Sha Tin.
He has since had three nice trials on the dirt and turf, plus plenty of gallops, and the education really stood up when he rattled home to finish an eye-catching fourth under the guidance of Darren Beadman behind favourite Gold Racer. The New Zealand-bred gelding clocked 22.77 seconds for the final 400m on the tight 'C+3' course.
Global Fame has the tools to win his way out of Class Four and has a pedigree to handle a further trip.
He is a son of the successful-in-Hong Kong stallion Faltaat, a 13-time winner at a sprint-to-mile distance and the local sire of 28 winners from 31 starters over varying courses and distances, best of whom have been the once 125-rated, Champions Mile victorious Sight Winner, and the Jockey Club Sprint winner Little Bridge.
His unraced dam Comic Song has produced two other foals by Stravinsky and both have come out winners between 1,300m to 1,400m, while his second dam Lacandona was an unplaced performer and dam of a route winner in the Britain.
Fireworks in his female family show up with his third dam Grand Luxe. She was a black-type winner of 10 races from 1,200m to 1,800m and is from the legendary Canadian racing family of champion Franfreluche, who has produced four other stakes winners, including three champions.
Grand Luxe has herself produced seven winners from 10 foals with her best one being the unraced Rolls, the dam of STC Golden Slipper Stakes winner and phenomenal sire Flying Spur; and a grand dam of the effective sprinter/miler and proven sire Encosta De Lago.
The Moore-trained Craig's Pride produced a sound impression on debut in the Class Four Sai Wan Shan Handicap (1,400m) and will be winning his fair share of races in the near future.
Craig's Pride, who was unwanted in the betting at 62-1 odds, bided his time at the rear after jumping up in the air for Beadman, but showed a nice turn of foot to finish third to Twin Turbo.
The three-year-old is a well-bred son of the early maturing and successful Flying Spur, a local sire of 34 winners from 47 starters, including the champion sprinter Inspiration; mated to the rich black-type family of the unraced Thunder Gulch mare Let's Get Even, who is a half-sister to the dam of Stephen Got Even; a Grade One winner in the US up to 1,800m, and stakes winners Indy Glory, Grand Merger and Mary Murphy.
Let's Get Even has produced two winners from three other starts, including Get Square, a half-brother by Redoute's Choice, who is a winner of the MRC Norman Robinson Stakes over 2,000m.