Zac Purton believes Fortunate Sweynesse is “starting to get to his peak” forward of the five-year-old’s Team Two BOCHK Non-public Banking Jockey Membership Dash (1,200m) check at Sha Tin.
Nearest failing to justify red-hot favouritism in his two runs this season, Purton hopes a mixture of beneficial weight statuses, an appropriate floor and progressed health ranges can permit Fortunate Sweynesse to regain his stock over the sprinting ranks on Sunday.
“He’s a bit fitter now, and I think the horse is going well. He’s had genuine excuses this season,” Purton mentioned.
On his first run of this marketing campaign, Fortunate Sweynesse needed to give 19 kilos or extra to his 5 competitors in September’s Elegance One HKSAR Government’s Cup (1,200m). Settling against the rear of the garden, the superstar sprinter saved on smartly however didn’t reel in Victor The Winner when runner-up on a giveover observe.
Nearest racing extra prominently when once more wearing 135 kilos in ultimate era’s Team Two Premier Bowl (1,200m), Fortunate Sweynesse travelled powerfully all over the race sooner than Optic Good fortune swooped overdue to be triumphant within the ultimate strides.
“He struck a wet track first up carrying a big weight, which didn’t suit him, but he still ran well,” Purton mentioned.
“Last time in the Premier Bowl he ran a really good race. It was just the handicap conditions of the race and the fact that he’s still coming up to peak, which got the better of him.”
Fortunate Sweynesse concedes 5 kilos to the reopposing Optic Good fortune and Victor The Winner in Sunday’s duel, future Wellington additionally shoulders a Team One penalty as he returns from a scarcity.
“Set weights and penalties suits him better,” Purton mentioned. “I feel like he’s improved since that run and he’s starting to get to his peak. I’m happy with where he’s at.”
Purton heads to Sha Tin with a 10-strong hold of rides and can proceed his partnership with Attractiveness Everlasting within the Team Two BOCHK Non-public Wealth Jockey Membership Mile (1,600m).
Despatched off a $1.8 prospect for the Team Two Sha Tin Trophy (1,600m) on his sole day out this season, Attractiveness Everlasting regarded threatening 300m from house however may now not land a deplete in the back of California Spangle and Encountered.
“He ran well last time. He was in a good spot and loomed up, and it was just the way the race was run,” Purton mentioned. “They gifted it to the leader, and he was able to sprint off the front. He was always going to be hard to run down.”
The 2-time Team 3 winner has since inspired in two barrier trial wins at Sha Tin, and Purton hopes Attractiveness Everlasting is finely tuned forward of his rematch with California Spangle.
“He was always going to have one trial, but he needed the extra trial after to help bring him on a bit more,” the six-time champion jockey mentioned. “With all of John Measurement’s horses, they in most cases proceed via their preparation.
“It’s always hard with the four-year-old horses because you’re hoping they’re going to improve and take another step. There generally is one that does it. Hopefully, he’s going to be that one.”