Big plans are in the pipeline for three-year-old gelding Hong Kong Captain, who won on debut at Mornington on Wednesday.
Hong Kong Captain won the maiden Peninsula Home Hospice Plate (1200m) yesterday afternoon while trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig were stuck at their Euroa training property fighting a fire, missing the impressive debut win, however they’ve already set in motion a high-profile autumn campaign for the three-year-old.
The gelding took the lead at the top of the straight before running away one length clear of runner-up Wonderful Journey, the pair were equal $2.90 favourites in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Stable foreman Bruno Rouge-Serret revealed the big plans in the pipeline for Hong Kong Captain, which includes a possible tilt towards the 2015 Rosehill Guineas if his form continues.
“We’ve always thought he was a very smart horse but we just wanted to see it on race day,” Rouge-Serret told Racing Victoria following Mornington’s race.
“If he keeps going the way he’s going then we’ll aim him towards the Rosehill Guineas.”
The Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) is one of the key races during the Sydney autumn racing carnival for up-and-coming stayers with prize money totaling $500,000. The March 28 race will be a test for Hong Kong Captain who excelled as a sprinter on Wednesday but his connections will work hard to get him up to the distance.
In the meantime, the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown on January 26 has been touted as the gelding’s next outing.
Despite the namesake and being part-owned by Hong Kong trainer David Hall, Rouge-Serret revealed there were no current plans for the horse to race in Hong Kong.
“At this stage all the owners are happy for the horse to remain in Australia,” he said.
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