Jury is still out over a HK Classic Cup start for Golden Sixty

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett in News 19 Feb 2020
  • Decision pending on Cup start for Golden Sixty
  • Exultant to stay in Hong Kong
Golden Sixty - Anxious wait for results

 

A decision to start Golden Sixty in Sunday’s Hong Kong Classic Cup remains in limbo as the four-year-old continues to recover from a fever.

The bay gelding came down with the illness two weeks ago and a start in Sunday’s big race hinges on results of a blood test scheduled for Wednesday.

Winner of eight of his nine career starts, trainer Francis Lui remains confident he is on track for a Cup start.

“He galloped on the grass this morning and he seems okay,” Lui said.

“We scoped him and he’s clean and we will check his blood again tomorrow – so far, so good at the moment.

“A few blood counts have been back to normal – I asked the vet and he read the blood report and said that he had recovered very quickly – but of course the condition is not top form, so we’ll see, fingers crossed !”

Meanwhile, plans for an overseas trip to Dubai for Exultant have been canned following discussions with connections of the horse.

Trainer, Tony Cruz remained hopeful after last Sunday’s Hong Kong Gold Cup that Dubai would be his next mission, despite being beaten by his stablemate.

However, Cruz has now confirmed that the Dubai trip is officially off the books with owner Eddie Wong Ming-chak not willing to take the chance with the champion stayer.

“He has pulled up very good but the owner had a bad experience in the past when he travelled a horse overseas, with Absolute Champion, so he’s definitely not going” Cruz said.

“I tried to convince him but he doesn’t want to go, but Exultant is his horse, so we respect his decision.

Exultant staying home to prepare for the QEII Cup

Exultant will now be prepared for the Group One QEII Cup to be run in April which is a similar path he took last year.