So hopes Super Sunny Sing can continue winning tune in BMW Hong Kong Derby

Declan Schuster

14/03/2023 11:16

Super Sunny Sing wins the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m).
Super Sunny Sing wins the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m).

Super Sunny Sing will chase a fifth consecutive win when he lines up for trainer Chris So in Sunday’s (19 March) HK$24 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) at Sha Tin.

The BMW Hong Kong Derby is Hong Kong’s most sought-after crown. It is the third and final leg of the HK$48 million Four-Year-Old Classic Series and this weekend the storied contest will be run for the 146th time in the horse racing infatuated city.

Super Sunny Sing goes into the final leg following a smashing win in the HK$12 million Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) – the middle leg of the age-restricted series – giving every impression that the rise to 10 furlongs this weekend is of no concern.

“I thought his last run was very important because at least he has proven that he can handle 1800 metres by winning that race. This is the main target on the 19th (of March), Derby Day, I really hope we can get a good draw and try our best,” So said.

By two-time Group 1-winning sprinter Nicconi, Super Sunny Sing has continued to defy stamina queries across his career with victories ranging from 1200m to 1800m.

“Before the race we thought Super Sunny Sing could handle 1800 (metres) but honestly before the race nobody knew that (for sure). Our team is really happy – Vincent (Ho), the owner Janice (Wong) and we are quite sure that he’ll handle 2000 metres,” So said.

Super Sunny Sing overhauls Sword Point to grab a fourth consecutive win.

Super Sunny Sing will be So’s fourth BMW Hong Kong Derby starter following Redkirk Warrior who finished 11th in 2015, Hero Look who placed 13th in 2016 before Tianchi Monster’s sixth-placed effort in 2019.

“I’m very happy to get a good horse like Super Sunny Sing. It is once in their whole life, for the horses, I really want to enjoy the races and of course, everyone wants to win this race but I will really enjoy it,” So said.

Super Sunny Sing has banked HK$11.90 million with five wins from nine starts. This Sunday he’ll take home a HK$13.68 million prize money boost if he is able to finish first in the BMW Hong Kong Derby.

“Even when he won a couple of races, he was quite strong with his turn of foot and every race he has done a really good job. I would say, he always tries his best – 100 percent, so I really hope on Derby Day he can do the same,” So said.

Super Sunny Sing will face the likes of Beauty Eternal, Sword Point, Galaxy Witness, Voyage Bubble, Beautyverse, Tuchel, Straight Arron and more this weekend. 

“The Derby – a lot of owners and trainers want to join this race. I really hope though, with a good horse that we can get a good result,” So said.

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