Kingdom getting the hang of things
Lightly raced Medic Kingdom showed he is quickly acclimatising following a good but unlucky performance at Sha Tin.
The Tony Millard-trained gelding had setbacks with a stress fracture to his left-hind tibial in March and left-eye injury in May.
The three-year-old, who had a fruitful preparation prior to his pleasing debut on the all-weather track last month, was unfancied again in the market at 27-1 with Richard Fourie aboard from the plum gate one with a shadow roll applied in the Class Four Sha Tin Heights Handicap over (1,200m).
He flopped out of the gates before pressing forward to settle midfield and on the rails at the 1,000m, lost ground when shying away from runners at the 800m, cornered in five wide without a clear run behind the favourite Forever Ahead, White Hart King and Lucky Scepter, shifted to a position one off the fence at the 300m and made nice progress under hands-and-heels ride to finish 2-1/4 lengths off the winner Hinyuen Paladin.
The Australian-bred is the first progeny of unproven stallion Any Given Saturday to step out in Hong Kong and is out of unraced Last Tycoon mare Sweet Executive. Any Given Saturday is a son of Distorted Humor and successful six times up to 1,800m, including the Grade One Haskell Invitational on the dirt at Monmouth Park in the US, while on the bottom half of the family, Sweet Executive is the dam of Tron Kingdom (by Noverre) - a brilliant 10-time winner at Taipa.
Medic Kingdom isn't just a short-course performer as he has some stamina in his pedigree. His third dam was a winner at 2,400m and fourth dam was a past runner-up in the Irish Oaks.