Danny Shum Chap-shing has been one of the form trainers of the season so far and the top local handler can keep the ball rolling in the Citi Sprint Challenge Cup, 1,200m at Happy Valley on Wednesday night with Mission Possible.
Mission Possible looks a great chance of giving local rider Ben So Tik-hung his first win of the new term replacing Nash Rawiller, who rode the gelding first-up in Class Four but would be unable to make the light weight.
Mission Possible’s form tapered off at the conclusion to his first campaign, with some disappointing efforts in this grade in May and June.
However, the four-year-old showed the benefit of the summer break when he returned fresh and firing when a strong second to Flying Monkey at the season’s first Happy Valley meeting.
Now he has the benefit of that run under the belt while many of his rivals will be stepping out for the first time this preparation and he gets a big tumble in the weights with the rise in class.
Add to that the likelihood of a solid pace he can sit behind before finishing strongly in the final 200m and this race appears made to order for Mission Possible to build on his handy record, which already includes two victories at Wednesday night’s course.
It’s hard to see this not being truly-run, with Momentum Lucky, Circuit King, Extremely Fun and Wonderful Journey (Kei Chiong Ka-kei) all fast beginners and fast horses, and they’ve been joined by Excel Oneself, another quick horse, who has been promoted from the reserves.
Not only will that suit Mission Possible but it should suit his main danger too, Hang’s Decision (Zac Purton) from another red hot yard, that of Chris So Wai-yin. Hang’s Decision stormed over the top of his rivals to win a similar event first-up this grade and will get every chance to reprise the role, albeit with his requirements slightly tougher rising to 127 pounds in the handicaps and conceding Mission Possible 12 pounds.