After a slow start to his Hong Kong career, Enjoyable Success looks ready to make his mark after an eye-catching run on Sunday.
The Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained four-year-old started at triple-figure odds in his first six starts at Sha Tin, never finishing within five lengths of the winner.
But he has continued to improve with time and he showed a glimpse of what he is capable of in the Class Four Mighty High Handicap (1,600m).
Enjoyable Success does not have any early speed, forcing Olivier Doleuze to drop out to last from barrier 10 but he wasn’t suited by the slow pace and over-raced at times.
The jockey pulled the son of Frankel out to the middle of the track at the top of the straight and that is where he did his best work, hitting the line hard to finish sixth, just two lengths behind Sunny Power.
He ran his final 400m in a slick 21.7 seconds, the quickest of the race, and the equal second-fastest of the meeting behind Gold Mount (21.65) and Pakistan Star (21.7), who sprinted home hard after slow early sectionals in the Group One Champions & Chater Cup.
When racing in Great Britain as Majoris for Hugo Palmer, the gelding won two races – both over 1,400m – but he was tried over further, finishing down the track in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot in his last start for the trainer.
European horses often take time to acclimatise to Hong Kong and Enjoyable Success looks ready to hit his straps now he is down to a rating of 56.
One horse who didn’t get a chance to show his electric turn of foot was Dragon General who never found clear running in the Class Two Vengeance Of Rain Handicap (1,400m).
After Joao Moreira set a strong gallop early on Hezthewonforus, Alberto Sanna had the Me Tsui Yu-sak-trained six-year-old midfield on the rail but he couldn’t find a gap when the whips were cracking so just forget he went around, eventually finishing ninth, beaten six-and-a-quarter lengths.
But that margin doesn’t tell the whole tale as Rattan saluted by four lengths, so while Dragon General would not have beaten the winner, he should have finished second.