Danny Shum has long recognised that Seasons Bloom is a horse best served when kept on the fresh side and another scintillating display in Sunday’s G2 Premier Bowl has the trainer continue with an unconventional preparation aimed at the Hong Kong Sprint.
Seasons Bloom is a G1 winner at a mile but as the horse – now seven – has aged, Shum has recognised the need to keep the gelding’s runs well-spaced.
That is why after a solid second behind Full Of Beauty on the opening day of the season in the Chief Executive’s Cup, Shum elected to skip the National Day meeting one month later, despite Seasons Bloom being adept at 1400m.
Shum also kept Seasons Bloom to sprinting and while admits that is at least in part to keep away from “super champion” Beauty Generation, it is also to take advantage of what is clearly some above average ability at the shorter trips.
“He was struggling following a normal program so now we will stick at 1200 and keep his runs nice and spaced,” Shum said at trackwork on Monday, adding that the horse won’t run again until the G1 Hong Kong Sprint on December 14.
Seasons Bloom won off a seven-week break between runs this time and will have the same amount of time before international day, when he is likely to face stablemate Regency Legend.
Regency Legend is set to run in the G2 Jockey Club on November 20.