Forget the draw, it's Go Baby Go for the Centenary Sprint Cup
Jockey Tye Angland says Dennis Yip's entry has great speed for the HK$6 million feature race
Tye Angland believes Go Baby Go has the natural speed to overcome whichever starting stall he draws in Sunday's Group One Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup, on what seems an increasingly biased straight course at Sha Tin.
Horses drawn closest to the outside rail have long had a distinct advantage in 1,000m races at the track, but the fast lane on the grandstand side seems to have become even more prevalent.
But Angland insisted: "I'm not fussed where we draw because we are going to map outside the leader anyway without going crazy and doing too much work.
"I don't think it matters where he jumps from, because he has such great gate speed. I dare say Amber Sky will lead the race. He will run them along and we won't be far away from him without doing too much work. As long as my horse gets away clean, with a good start, he will be able to put himself in a good position."
Making matters easier for Dennis Yip Chor-hong's horse will be the fact only 10 runners were entered for the HK$6 million feature, the only 1,000m Group One on the local calendar.
Fellow straight-track specialist Eagle Regiment will be chasing his third consecutive win in the race en route to a possible return to Dubai's Group One Al Quoz Sprint. But Angland's mount has beaten most of Sunday's rivals, including Eagle Regiment, earlier this season at handicap conditions in the Group Three Sha Tin Sprint Trophy.
Go Baby Go has won seven from 11 over the specialists' course, and his preparation has been planned for this event, skipping the Group Two Jockey Club Sprint in the lead-up to December's Group One Hong Kong Sprint with it in mind.
"He has beaten all of these horses up the straight, so we are going into this race pretty confident," Angland said.
"This is his grand final, so we took an easy path to the internationals knowing this race was his main goal. He only had those two runs before the HK Sprint and we wanted him to come out of that Group One an improved horse."