20 March 2018

Shanghai to Master Happy Valley at second time of asking, says Ho

Shanghai Master finished in the placings for the first time in nine Hong Kong starts last time out when third to Fortune Booth on 7 March. That night, with Ho in the saddle, he was trapped deep throughout, producing a tough effort to finish only a length and a half from the winner.

“He handles Happy Valley quite well, I think,” Ho said at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning (20 March). “He won a trial there before his last start, Joao (Moreira) rode him there and he looked good. Last time, he ran well, he was caught wide all the way. Hopefully, with a nicer draw this time (gate four), perhaps he can get a better position. If he can, I think he’s going to be a good chance.

The Francis Lui-trained Shanghai Master, a Listed winner in Western Australia when named Lusaha, has taken time to acclimatise but Ho feels the son of More Than Ready is on an upward spiral now.

“He’s feeling like he’s getting better in the mornings and he is looking like he is reaching form,” Ho said. “Sometimes, it can just take a little bit of time for these new horses. He had a few runs at Sha Tin which have helped him to build fitness, so I think he is almost ready.”

Shanghai Warrior was secured privately by Premier Racing Partnerships Wade Burridge from Western Australian clients with the Listed winning son of More Than Ready having raced under the former name of Lusaha