16th Oct 2016
Trainer Chris So feels that Price Bloodstock sprinter Team Fortune has added a whole new dimension to his game since the switch to the dirt track and the five-year-old made it two from two on the surface at Sha Tin on Sunday.
A winner at his first two starts last season over the Sha Tin straight 1,000m, Team Fortune’s form seemed to level off quite quickly and he was a touch disappointing when he was tried over the 1,200m trip on turf.
But the old axiom in Hong Kong racing says that horses that work well in the morning usually take to the all-weather racing and Team Fortune has proved that to be right, with the lead all the way at his first dirt win and this time taking a sit for Douglas Whyte before finishing strongly.
“I came to the races quite confident without thinking he was a sure win,” said So. “He won so well last time that I couldn’t see why he wouldn’t go close again and he won quite clearly again. He did struggle a bit after winning those two races early on the turf but this has given him a whole new life going to this surface and he just looks a better horse on it. He had an awkward draw but Douglas did a great job tucking him in behind and now we know he is versatile with his tactics. He might be able to win another one yet.”
The win gave Team Fortune 4 wins from 13 starts and prizemoney earnings of almost $3 million.