Shum can only be away for 14 days
Hong Kong Jockey Club officials have proposed Danny Shum Chap-shing spend a total of 14 days overseas with Royal Ascot-bound sprinter Little Bridge, citing concerns about the trainer being away from his stables for five straight weeks.
After Little Bridge won The Sprint Cup on Sunday, Shum announced his plan to take his five-year-old to England five weeks prior to the King's Stand Stakes on June 19.
Shum also rides the horse in work and is adamant he should be present throughout the whole of the horse's preparation.
Executive director of racing Bill Nader said yesterday Shum could decide how best to divide the two weeks up. 'He can figure out how best to manage those days, maybe he will want to make sure the horse settles in and then be there just prior to the race,' he said. 'But to go for five weeks, with the amount of horses he has and all of their owners is a big ask. By limiting it to 14 days it will limit the negative feedback and it is the proper thing to do.'
In other news, a cracking track gallop has convinced leading jockey Douglas Whyte to ride the John Moore-trained Dominant in the Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2,400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Dominant produced a sizzling final 400m split of 22.2, clocking 48.8s for his final 800m on the all-weather track.
'That's pretty slick for mine,' Moore said. 'Douglas gave him a nice blow-out, he'll go three-quarter pace on Friday.'
Both trainer and jockey felt that a mile-and-a-half would bring out the best in the Irish-bred four-year-old, whose best local performance thus far was a third in the Classic Cup, and who has never raced beyond 2,080m.
'He could even get further, we don't know, he has never really been tested,' Moore said. 'There was so much upside to him in Europe, that's why we bought him.'
Whyte added: 'I think the distance is going to suit him and he feels like an out-and-out stayer, I'm looking forward to getting on him.'
Dominant will carry second-top weight of 119 pounds against nine rivals, with veteran Noble Conqueror the top-rated runner.