Lucky Nine played a nice hand on Monday with a smashing piece of trackwork but last year’s Longines Hong Kong Sprint winner, Lord Kanaloa, well and truly trumped him with a scintillating grass gallop on Wednesday.
Lucky Nine, the 2011 Hong Kong Sprint winner, clocked 21.8 seconds for his last 400m, but Lord Kanaloa bettered that with a 21.4 final section on the turf at Sha Tin trackwork.
The roar of a jet engine flying high above was an appropriate soundtrack to the explosive piece of work.
Under the guidance of trackwork rider Shogo Yasuda, assistant trainer to Takayuki Yasuda, Lord Kanaloa looked sensational as he powered up the Sha Tin straight after working solidly through 1,200m (1.19.5), then really hitting top speed late. The five-year-old ran his last 200m in 10.3.
“He felt very good and he always gives you a good feeling,” Yasuda said.
Yasuda said Lord Kanaloa had been “too relaxed” during the week and was enjoying his Hong Kong holiday a bit too much. “That was what he needed, and he’ll have another gallop the day before the race, as he did last year - just a quick 200 metres,” Yasuda said.