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Bowman: ‘This horse excites me’

Bowman: ‘This horse excites me’

Helios Express strengthened already strong Four-Year-Old Classic Series claims in spectacular style with dominant win in the Class 2 Butterfly Handicap (1600m) under Hugh Bowman.

“This horse excites me. I just sat on him in the one trial recently over 1200m on the dirt and he didn’t quite give me the feel he gave me today but the writing was on the wall – he’s got an excellent record and John has looked after him nicely,” Bowman said, pointing to the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) on 4 February.

 

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“There’s a sense of timing about him for the Hong Kong Classic Mile next month. He’s an exciting horse.”

Bowman finished with a double after earlier teaming with David Hall’s Hong Kong Hall in the Class 4 Lei Muk Shue Handicap (1200m).

“I think his experience meant a lot today. Putting himself in the right place got him the win. He’s a big strong horse and hopefully, he can keep improving,” Hall said.

Aoraki Summit, who is eligible for the Four-Year-Old Classic Series, swept to an impressive win in the Class 4 Shek Yam Handicap (1400m), triumphing by three-and-a-quarter-lengths for Frankie Lor and Andrea Atzeni.

“I think he is still good in Class 3. He is still improving and later on I think he can handle a little bit further, like 1600 metres because he’s by Tavistock,” Lor said.

Taking his seasonal tally to 19, Atzeni completed a double aboard Size-trained Fast Buck in the Class 4 Shek Lei Handicap (1200m, dirt).

Caspar Fownes struck with Capital Delight in the Class 3 Kwai Shing Handicap (1200m, dirt) when the Capitalist gelding surged from last to score by a head for Vincent Ho.

Angus Chung extended his strong season with victory aboard Me Tsui-trained Beat Hollow in the Class 5 Wan Tsui Handicap (1200m, dirt) before Jerry Chau’s brilliant front-running ride on a willing Special Hedge enabled the pair to narrowly snare the Class 4 Tsui Lok Handicap (1800m).

Ellis Wong joined Chung and Chau in the winners’ list when the 10lb-claiming apprentice guided Ricky Yiu’s Pleasant Endeavor to victory in the Class 3 Choi Yuen Handicap (1000m).