2nd Nov 2016

The options are narrower for Price Bloodstock’s converted dirt sprinter Team Fortune but the owners of the Chris So-trained gelding won’t be complaining after he strung together his third successive win at Sha Tin on Wednesday night.

With 5 wins from 14 starts, Team Fortune has really paid his way but he has been a revelation when switched to the dirt by So this season.

“It has really been a big thing for him – not many horses win three in a row in Hong Kong,” So said after Silvestre de Sousa took over the suspended Douglas Whyte and wasted no time winning at his first attempt on the gelding, sitting wide on the course but that was deliberate.

“He loves to race on the dirt, but he likes it under his feet and doesn’t like the kickback,” explained So. “When Douglas won on him, he led one day and the other time he came around them too so Silvestre just kept him three wide and out of the dirt and Team Fortune was happy with that. He’s going up the ratings quickly and he’s in Class Two now, so it’s going to be harder to find dirt races but he has done a fantastic job already.”