How do the Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ work?
Our panel of Hong Kong racing experts each rank the horses eligible for the 2020 Hong Kong Derby, with the average ranking of each horse forming a top 14 “pre-post” market order for the big race in March. We will regularly update the Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ as the race gets closer, using trials and races to assess each four-year-old’s chances.
Private Secretary was the big mover after a smart win at Happy Valley on Boxing Day eve, jumping from number six to third, but the next week is likely to reshape the rankings even more.
— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) December 26, 2019
It is crunch time for 108-rated Champion’s Way in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup at Sha Tin today as he faces not only some talented older rivals but fellow four-year-old and Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ fifth seed Golden Sixty.
Champion’s Way entered the season having won six from his seven starts, including a win in the G3 Lion Rock Trophy to cap a stellar first season. Two poor performances this term have caused the John Size-trained talent’s stocks to plummet though, dropping from number two to 14 on our last rankings release.
An encouraging trial on December 19 and some gear changes have bumped Champion’s Way back up to 12th but today’s race against some seasoned campaigners Seasons Bloom and Good Standing and giving six pounds to Golden Sixty, will be a gauge as to where last season’s champion griffin is at.
Sunday at Sha Tin sees a host of Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ entered, including the much-awaited local debut of Beauty Legacy – who has maintained number two in the rankings despite having not raced in Hong Kong yet.
It is rare for Size to have such a highly rated import on his books and the master trainer has showed his typical patience in bringing the G1-placed – who raced as Hawkshot in Australia – gelding along slowly.
Hawkshot makes a mockery of a classy field! pic.twitter.com/7KU5sPQynv
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) February 9, 2019
Beauty Legacy will contest a 1,400m Class 2 in which he will face fellow four-year-olds Decrypt (ranked 11), Golden Spectrum (unranked) and Mr Croissant (unranked).
The 1,800m Class 2 contains even more Derby contenders with Frankie Lor entering both Super Oasis (4) and Reliable Team (9), who jumped into the top 14 after two tidy wins.
Also entered are Amazing Beats (8), The Hulk (14) and Enjoying (15).
The four-year-old series begins on January 27 with the Hong Kong Classic Mile, continues with the Classic Cup on February 23 and culminates with the Hong Kong Derby on March 22.
|Horse||Ave. rank||HKJC rtg.||Trainer|
|1||More Than This (1)||↔||2.14||97||Francis Lui|
|2||Beauty Legacy* (ex-Hawkshot) (3)||↔️||3.71||92||John Size|
|3||Private Secretary (6)||⬆️||3.67||94||Tony Cruz|
|4||Super Oasis (3)||⬇️||5.86||87||Frankie Lor|
|5||Golden Sixty (4)||⬇️||6.42||102||Francis Lui|
|6||Playa Del Puente (7)||⬆️||7.86||90||Danny Shum|
|7||Columbus County (8)||⬆️||9.14||82||Caspar Fownes|
|8||Amazing Beats (5)||⬇️||10||83||Paul O’Sullivan|
|=9||Reliable Team (-)||⬆️🚀||10.7||82||Frankie Lor|
|=9||Buddies (9)||↔️||10.7||87||John Moore|
|11||Decrypt (11)||↔️||11||93||Frankie Lor|
|12||Champion’s Way (14)||⬆️||11.43||108||John Size|
|13||Butterfield (13)||↔️||11.57||85||Danny Shum|
|14||The Hulk (10)||⬇️||13.29||84||Caspar Fownes|