Danny Shum to take on Cox Plate barrier draw armed with experience from James McDonald | HK Racing newsfragment


James McDonald’s fingerprints had been everywhere Romantic Warrior’s Australian journey, and tutor Danny Shum Chap-shing will head to the Workforce One Cox Plate (2,040m) barrier draw on Tuesday morning with cloudless directions from the famous person Kiwi jockey.

A negligible other to maximum, the Cox Plate barrier draw sees a horse drawn from a pot prior to connections choose the gate they would like from those who stay.

With proprietor Peter Lau Pak-fai not able to wait, Shum will choose Romantic Warrior’s barrier with the backup of reigning Cox Plate champion McDonald’s experience.

“I have to [be at the barrier draw] because the owner isn’t coming. I’ve asked James already, and he’s ranked them for me,” stated Shum, retaining the sequence to himself however agreeing that “three to eight” can be a worthy outcome.

Time a bunch of the Cox Plate’s chief probabilities will gallop at Tuesday morning’s Breakfast with the Highest media match, Romantic Warrior used to be put via his paces via McDonald at Moonee Valley on Monday morning.

“It actually felt like he’s been here a hundred times the way he gets around this track. It’s incredible,” McDonald advised racing.com next the hit-out.

“He’s so neatly balanced round this bend, and he hastens off it. And he’s doing it with enough quantity in hand. We’re going truly neatly. We’ve progressed with the 3 weeks between runs, and he’s a contented horse.

“He’s in good order, so we’re quietly confident going into Saturday that we’ve made enough improvement to be competitive.”

Earlier than he makes an attempt to bag a 2nd consecutive Cox Plate victory boarded Romantic Warrior on Saturday – he snared endmost 12 months’s race with Anamoe – McDonald will group up with Shum at a a long way much less most probably enviornment – Geelong Racecourse.

Romantic Appeal traces up within the Brandt Colac BM70 Handicap (1,700m) on Wednesday – he’s the early favorite – and similar to he did with Romantic Warrior’s marketing campaign Ill Below, it used to be McDonald who selected which race his ownermate and travelling better half would take on.

Winner of the 2021 Workforce Two Sandown Guineas (1,600m) prior to transferring to Hong Kong, Romantic Appeal used to be endmost perceivable working 2nd in a Magnificence 3 1,400m match at Sha Tin in July.

McDonald, who has ridden Romantic Appeal two times in Hong Kong with out good fortune, pilots the five-year-old from gate two, and the galloper must lug 61 kilograms (134.5 kilos).

Sweynesse ‘just needs racing’

Zac Purton is assured Fortunate Sweynesse rest on target to fireplace when it issues maximum next the arena’s highest sprinter went beneath for the second one generation this season at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Next failing because the $1.2 favorite first up within the Magnificence One HKSAR Important Govt’s Cup (1,200m), Fortunate Sweynesse proved incorrect fit for Eye Luck within the Magnificence Two Premier Bowl (1,200m) at $1.4 at the weekend.

On each events, on the other hand, the three-time Workforce One winner has needed to raise manage weight of 135 kilos and provides vital benefits to his warring parties, one thing that may now trade with the handicap sprints at the trail to the Longines Hong Kong Global Races at the back of us.

“It’s just the weight. He’s not fit, and he’s carrying top weight against some handy horses. It is what it is at this time of the season. It’s just not that easy. He just needs racing. He’ll be fine,” Purton stated.

Fortunate Sweynesse will now flip his consideration to protecting his crown within the Workforce Two Jockey Membership Dash (1,200m) on November 19 prior to having a look so as to add December 10’s Workforce One Hong Kong Dash (1,200m) to his CV.

Time Manfred Guy Ka-leung’s Fortunate Sweynesse must give 5 kilos to maximum of his Jockey Membership Dash competitors as a Workforce One winner within the presen 365 days, it’ll be a a long way shout from the 20 kilos (Shum-prepared Victor The Winner) and 14 kilos (John Dimension-trained Eye Luck) he’s given his two contemporary conquerors.

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