ENDOWING steps up to beat the big guns in the G2 LONGINES Jockey Club Cup
ENDOWING continued his upward curve to land the biggest win of his career in a barnstorming finish to the G2 LONGINES Jockey Club Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, 17 November.
John Size’s charge lined up for this premier lead-up to next month’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup aiming to prove his merit against the big guns – a solid win two weeks earlier in the HKG3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse (1800m) had hinted that he was on the cusp. And in taking the day’s feature by a diminishing head, the four-year-old exacted revenge on runner-up AKEED MOFEED, his half-length conqueror in last season’s HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m).
“He hasn’t been winning by big margins but his wins have been quite convincing, he’s held the horses off,” said Size. “Today again off the rail alley, which he’s been fortunate enough to draw a few times in his career, he was afforded the run of the race and he was given a split to win the race at the top of the straight, and he went on with it.”
Tye Angland enjoyed an armchair ride from the one gate as he settled ENDOWING fifth on the fence, just inside MILITARY ATTACK and within striking distance of the front-running Liberator. But Angland’s comfort vanished at the top of the stretch as, with his mount about to exert his superiority, the Australian dropped his whip.
“I didn’t have to do much work once I got out, he was coming into the race so strong – I saw MILITARY ATTACK was off the bridle and I was going a lot better than him,” he said. “I got the run between LIBERATOR and SAME WORLD and dashed really quick. I actually dropped my whip when I went to go for him, so the panic button was hit and I went from looking pretty to kicking him and slapping him and doing my best to get him across the line! I think I would have won a lot easier if I’d had a whip to ask him to hit the line.”
With AKEED MOFEED storming home late and wide from the tail under Douglas Whyte, ENDOWING held on to clock 2m 00.60s, a new class record for the distance, while Horse of the Year MILITARY ATTACK kept on to finish a length and a half further back in third. Last year’s winner CALIFORNIA MEMORY was a staying-on fourth.
“It’s a very good sign that he can go up in company and meet those ratings of the better horses,” said Size of the gelding, who went into the race rated 108. “AKEED MOFEED is 118, so he has to go to that to beat him – he can’t do any more than win and we just have to remain optimistic for further improvement.”
Richard Gibson was heartened by the performance of AKEED MOFEED. The classy colt ran his best race of the season after two unplaced efforts, to suggest he is on track for a big show at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races in three weeks.
“We’re very pleased, I thought it was a brilliant ride from Douglas, he rode him very patiently and the horse showed that impressive turn-of-foot he showed last term, so it’s great to have him back.”
The G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup is part of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races held at Sha Tin on Sunday, 8 December
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