Perpetual Joyance has really come solid this season as a four-year-old and he can post his fourth win for the campaign in the Korea Racing Authority Trophy (1,200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
As a three-year-old, the John Size-trained Perpetual Joyance (Karis Teetan) showed enough ability at the barrier trials to go to the races as one of the strong favourites in four of his five starts but he was unable to live up to his promise.
Stronger and tougher as a four-year-old, however, he has turned things around and his five starts this season have brought three wins and a close second.
He has performed well on both tracks at Sha Tin and posted wins at the Valley over 1,000m and 1,200m so he is certainly doing the job well and giving his connections plenty of options.
At his latest run, Perpetual Joyance parked third on the fence behind two duelling leaders, You Read My Mind and Startling Power, and had the cosiest run possible before Teetan brought him out in the straight to issue a challenge that got him home by a neck.
For the third time in four starts, he has drawn gate one and his race looks an action replay of the last one, with You Read My Mind likely to again be the leader with Hella Hedge on his outside this time and Perpetual Joyance following that pair in the box seat.
Once again, Perpetual Joyance will be asleep there until the serious work starts and looking to come through or around the leaders once they straighten up.
Just as importantly, he looks the horse in this race still with some scope to him, while most of his rivals appear well explored.
Wonderful Fighter (Joao Moreira) looks a logical danger and a serious threat if he is in the form he showed early in the season.
The negative on him is that he hasn’t raced since early January, presumably with a health issue, while Perpetual Joyance is hard fit and at the top of his game.