Guy Dragon impressed when knocking off the talented Band Of Brothers last start and jockey Chad Schofield is confident he can go back-to-back when he steps out in the Class Three Lung Mun Road Handicap (1,400m) at Sha Tin on Saturday.
The Chris So Wai-yin-trained four-year-old is starting to find his feet and show his potential after being bought for HK$4.2 million at last year’s Hong Kong International Sale in March.
Guy Dragon broke his maiden earlier this season and continued his upwards progression last time out and Schofield thinks there is more to come.
“He’s definitely on the right track. I did a lot of work with him prior to his debut and always liked him,” he said.
“He’s a bit wayward and quirky and a little bit hard to manage at times, but he’s settling into his racing career now.
“He’s still quite immature but he’s got a lot of natural ability. He still wants to overdo it in his races and be keen, but from that gate [three] we can cover him up and hopefully switch him off and he’s got a very good finish.
“His performance last start was very good. He beat a nice horse – Band Of Brothers – who has franked the form since.
“It even looks like a bit of a weaker race on the weekend – it’s not a big field and I expect him to win again.”
There certainly doesn’t appear to be much depth to the 11-strong contest with Super Missile, Lady First, Private Rocket and Endearing looking Guy Dragon’s main opponents.
Schofield has a first-hand insight on the latter, having ridden John Moore’s six-year-old in his three previous starts – including a victory in April.
“He just loses interest in his races – he doesn’t want to tack on and take part,” he said. “The last two runs I’ve ridden him hard from start to finish. He keeps closing but I think the change of track to Sha Tin might suit him.”
Schofield also has high hopes for Danny Shum Chap-shing’s Super Model, who races in the cellar grade for the first time in the Lei Yue Mun Park Handicap (1,200m).
“Normally when horses drop back to Class Five it is a winning formula,” he said.
“He’s still a young horse, he’s run a few races in Class Four with a light weight that suggests he’s more than good enough to win in Class Five.
“He comes to Sha Tin, he doesn’t find an overly strong race. I trialled him the other day on the dirt where he trialled nicely, hopefully he can break through.”
The 25-year-old is one of the few jockeys to break the Zac Purton and Joao Moreira monopoly on Hong Kong racing recently, punching home Smart Patch at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
“It was good to get another winner, it was my first meeting back from suspension and hopefully we can finish the season off strongly,” he said.
But that suspension did provide him with the opportunity to tick off a bucket-list item and travel to Madrid to watch Liverpool beat Tottenham in the Champions League final with his father – passionate Reds fan Glyn.
“It was something else. It was a great atmosphere over there, the two days leading up to it and match day,” Schofield said. “Those Liverpool fans are diehard that’s for sure, it was just good to be amongst it.”