We have a new number one after the Hong Kong Classic Mile but it’s not the winner Golden Sixty, it is his stablemate and runner-up More Than This that has vaulted into top spot.
The first leg of the four-year-old series, ran at level weights over 1,600m at Sha Tin last Monday, was always going to shed insight into the race for the Derby, and it certainly provided a shake up to the Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️.
Golden Sixty was faultless in winning but with some concerns still hanging over his stamina and ability to produce a winning performance beyond a mile, it was More Than This that caught our experts’ eyes with his flashing second.
More Than This takes top spot from Beauty Legacy, who lost some supporters after a spotty performance that saw him finish fourth. Still, Beauty Legacy is still second in the rankings ahead of Golden Sixty.
The biggest mover in this week’s rankings is Classic Mile third Champion’s Way, who has rocketed back into fifth after nearly falling outside the top 14 on a number of occasions.
After a stellar three-year-old season, Champion’s Way was second in the first edition of the Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ in November before a couple of subpar efforts as favourite saw him plummet down to 14th.
Champion’s Way has worked his way back into form and his grinding effort after sitting wide without cover in the Classic Mile was enough to elevate him from 11th to fifth.
This Sunday’s 1,800m Class 2 at Sha Tin could provide another serious shake up to the rankings, with a number of Derby fancies engaged. Fourth ranked Enjoying faces Super Oasis (6), Columbus County (7), Savvy Nine (9) , Amazing Beats (11) and Butterfield, who dropped out of the top 14 this week but is ranked 15.
|Horse||Ave. rank||HKJC rtg.||Trainer|
|1||More Than This (2)||⬆️||1.7||107||Francis Lui|
|2||Beauty Legacy (1)||⬇️||2.7||100||John Size|
|3||Golden Sixty (3)||↔️||3.9||112||Francis Lui|
|4||Enjoying (5)||⬆️||5.9||86||John Moore|
|5||Champion’s Way (11)||⬆️🚀||6.6||107||John Size|
|6||Super Oasis (4)||⬇️||6.8||87||Frankie Lor|
|7||Columbus County (8)||⬆️||7.7||85||Caspar Fownes|
|8||Reliable Team (9)||⬆️||10.4||84||Frankie Lor|
|9||Savvy Nine (12)||⬆️||10.7||83||John Moore|
|10||Private Secretary (6)||⬇️||12.7||94||Tony Cruz|
|11||Amazing Beats (-)||⬆️||12.7||81||Paul O’Sullivan|
|12||Playa Del Puente (10)||⬇️||12.8||90||Danny Shum|
|13||Decrypt (7)||⬇️||12.9||93||Frankie Lor|
|14||Farhh Above (-)||⬆️🚀||13.6||77||Douglas Whyte|