Victor The Winner will glance to connect four-time Crew One winner Wellington as a two-time conqueror of Fortunate Sweynesse in Sunday’s Crew Two Premier Bowl (1,200m).
Regarded as the sector’s perfect sprinter, Fortunate Sweynesse has received 13 of his 18 begins, and in his 5 losses, handiest Wellington has two times completed in entrance of the speedster.
Victor The Winner prevailed in his opening-day crash with Fortunate Sweynesse, hanging two and a part lengths at the 131-rated galloper within the Magnificence One HKSAR Well-known Govt’s Cup (1,200m), however jockey Karis Teetan is aware of his mount must be even higher to overturn the Crew One celebrity once more.
“It did look pretty easy towards the end, but there were a lot of favours going his way compared to Lucky Sweynesse. We had the condition of the track on our side, we had a light weight, and we got an easy section, but he won impressively,” Teetan mentioned.
On a turnover Sha Tin floor, Teetan managed the race from the entrance boarded Victor The Winner, and the son of Toronado used to be no longer for catching as he reeled off a last 400m of 21.4 seconds.
Purton discovered himself 4 or so lengths off Victor The Winner pace making sure he didn’t give Fortunate Sweynesse a gut-busting first-up run in a competition many puzzled his presence in, however the Australian is prone to need to be a slightly nearer in the course of the early levels this weekend.
“It depends what Manfred [Man Ka-leung] asks me to do,” Purton mentioned when requested about his doable ways from gate 5 within the six-horse duel.
“Like all the time with Fortunate Sweynesse, you’ve were given to peer how he jumps first as a result of he can get the beginning flawed and be slightly sluggish out, so it’ll most definitely rely on how he jumps.
“Every race is different. They all map differently. It just depends what kind of opposition you’re up against, but there are similar runners to what he faced last time.”
Victor The Winner will walk ahead from the outdoor barrier in a race additionally that includes Eye Luck, Duke Wai, Stoltz and See you, and Purton is aware of Fortunate Sweynesse will have his paintings short out once more.
“[Victor The Winner] isn’t going to have any pressure, so if he runs home in 21.4 again, he’s going to be hard to catch,” Purton mentioned, including he expects vital growth from his three-time Crew One-winning mount.
“He’s indisputably getting higher. His motion is changing into extra fluent. He’s dealing with his paintings a modest bit higher.
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“He’s not at his best yet. He’s going to work his way towards that. He just needs racing, like a lot of these horses, and he’s quite a strong horse, so when he gets to step out on race day and gets the competition into him, he’s going to continue to improve.”
Fortunate Sweynesse meets Victor The Winner 3 kilos in comparison to their latter crash, however Teetan believes his mount is greater than determined plenty to offset the added impost with some growth of his personal.
“Of course, he’s got a few more pounds to carry this time, but the horse is doing well. We have a lot of respect for Lucky Sweynesse, but Victor The Winner is a progressive horse, and I think that last win has brought him a bit of confidence, so I think he’s going to be competitive again,” Teetan mentioned.