There are better horses running around under the Paul O’Sullivan stable banner but not many more honest than Expedite and the rising eight-year-old is calling out loud and clear that he is ready to win again.
Expedite had five runs as a griffin in 2012 and didn’t win any of them but also didn’t finish worse than fourth and that early formline probably set the scene for the kind of horse he would be for the rest of his career.
The gelding has won at least one race every season since, with a peak last term when he strung together back-to-back victories for the first time.
And he has operated successfully within the rating boundaries of 50 to 58 to rack up six wins from 60 starts with another 19 first four finishes and nearly HK$4.5 million in prizemoney.
Often when Expedite has missed the frame he has had proper excuses too, so his consistency over a long time is admirable, and despite that – or perhaps because he is so predictably unspectacular – he never goes out short odds and he was double figures in both of his wins last campaign.
At different times in his life and particularly as he has got older, Expedite has looked outrun in 1,200m races but he has been conspicuously enthusiastic finishing off his three runs at that distance this preparation and Wednesday night’s seventh behind Sharp Hunter as he slipped back to Class Four was typical.
Apprentice Jack Wong took him back to the rear from a wide gate, railed into the home straight and Expedite then found the line solidly to be just off the placings.
As of the re-handicap on Thursday morning, he has re-entered his preferred rating space, dropping down to 58, and all his recent racing has indicated his fitness and readiness to score as soon as he finds the right race.
That might come up in early December, in a Class Four on the dirt over 1,650m and all Expedite needs to be competitive is a decent draw and an ounce of luck because his motivation is a given and he is in great form.