In-form Irish jockey Neil Callan will look to keep a Group One roll going in this Sunday’s features at Sha Tin with two proven big-race players looking to bounce back to top form.
Callan won last weekend’s Group One Hong Kong Classic Mile on Tony Cruz-trained Beauty Only and rides Blazing Speed for the trainer in Sunday’s Stewards’ Cup. He also climbs aboard John Moore’s Sterling City in the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup.
Dual Group One winner Blazing Speed pulled up lame after running unplaced in the Longines Hong Kong Cup last start, but Callan is confident as the six-year-old looks for back-to-back Stewards’ Cup wins.
“I know how good he is because he beat me a short margin in last year’s race when I was on Dan Excel,” Callan said.
“We know he is as good over a mile as he is over 2,000m or 2,400m. If he pulls a good gate where he can lob in behind them, he will be giving his all in the straight.”
Sterling City has failed to show his best form this season and hasn’t won since taking out the Group One Golden Shaheen in Dubai last year.
“I’ve only sat on him once, and he felt good and balanced,” Callan said.
“We know what he is capable of and I just hope I am the jockey that is on his back when he does run his best race.”