New stock the key as Danny Shum keeps his good form going with a double at Sha Tin
The trainer had a big season in 2015-16 and is backing it up this term
For trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing to follow up a big season in 2015-16 with another one this term, one of the key ingredients has to be his ability to cycle new talent through the stable and his winning double on Sunday came with new acquisitions for the yard.
Formerly with Tony Cruz, Green Dispatch (Nash Rawiller) nosed home in the day’s Class Three feature at his second run for Shum while Healthy Joyful (Joao Moreira) was more comfortable winning his second run since leaving Paul O’Sullivan.
Another recent Shum winner, Who’sthedude had come from Richard Gibson’s yard, so the trainer is getting results quickly with horses who might have some more in the locker.
“Normally Healthy Joyful sweats a lot before he runs but I think Danny has done a good job to get him more relaxed and I felt going to the gates that the horse would run a big race,” said Moreira.
With a French Derby placing to his credit behind New Bay and Highland Reel, Green Dispatch had been imported as a Hong Kong Derby horse last season and Cruz did get him to that race, where he ran 11th.
But, since the stable transfer to Shum in July, the four-year-old has been gelded and Rawiller feels the horse is showing the general benefits of more time to acclimatise.
“I think he’s a nice horse who has taken time to adjust, which many of them do after they’ve had their first preparation,” he said. “Having had a run this season tightened him up in condition but it woke him up too.
His work since he ran at Happy Valley had gone to another level and his race form can too. He is on an upward spiral and when you look at his form overseas, there could be a decent win in him. I know he only scraped in by the bob of the head – and I actually thought I’d been beaten – but the first two beat the rest comfortably.”