Paul O’Sullivan heads into Sunday’s meeting with seven entries across six races, the highlights being emerging talents Band Of Brothers (131lb) and Chicken Dance (117lb) late in the program. Band Of Brothers resumes following a three-win debut campaign last season, resulting in his rating skyrocketing 22 points across five starts. “He’s had a nice rest; he’s had a good long preparation with a couple of trials under his belt,” O’Sullivan said.
Zac Purton will partner Band Of Brothers in Sunday’s Sai Ying Pun Handicap (1400m) and the Australian has been in the plate for both of his Sha Tin dirt trials. “He goes badly on the dirt, he doesn’t like that surface,” Purton said, suggesting that not a lot should be read into the gelding’s performances there.
It’ll be a big hour on Sunday for O’Sullivan as the second of his exciting prospects Chicken Dance will step out in the following race, the Shek Tong Tsui Handicap (1200m). “Right from the get-go he’s looked pretty handy, he got the run of the race last start but he was strong in the finish,” the trainer said. “He has a good gate, a couple of trials under his belt, he’ll improve from this run but he’s forward enough to run very well.”
Purton was in the plate for Chicken Dance’s win back in June but the light-weight Karis Teetan will re-associate with the Hinchinbrook gelding at the weekend. “He’s a lovely horse and he’s trialled good this season, I’m actually looking forward to him running,” the Mauritian rider said. “He only had a few runs last season and I think he’s still got a bit more to improve but I think after a few runs this season he should be spot on.”