Gibson’s Gold

Gold Chest arrived from Britain last term with a sizeable reputation. The well-bred War Front gelding, known as Naval Intelligence pre-import, was unable to measure up to expectations when down the field in both the BMW Hong Kong Derby and Hong Kong Classic Cup.

But trainer Richard Gibson has been based at Sha Tin long enough to know that a failed four-year-old classic campaign can still be the springboard to a successful Hong Kong career. The bay finally broke his local duck at his eighth start in the Class 2 Tai Mo Shan Handicap (1400m) and he did it in some style under Derek Leung.

“It was a cool ride from Derek and we’ve got an exciting horse to work with this year,” Gibson said.

“You can’t hide my disappointment from last season: of course we expected better from the horse, but like many horses from Europe, with one preparation under their belt they improve the next year.

“It was a comfortable win today, I think the horse will increase in distance and I think he will continue to improve.”



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