Hong Kong Star for Dylan Thomas
Already a two time Group I winner in Hong Kong this year, Blazing Speed (5g Dylan Thomas x Leukippids, by Sadlers Wells) added another feature to his tally when taking out the HKJC Longines Jockey Club Cup HK Gr 2 at Sha Tin on Sunday. The best in Hong Kong at 2000 metres all took their place in this dress rehearsal for next month’s Group I LONGINES Hong Kong Cup and it was Blazing Speed who did best in winning by a head. Tony Cruz’s charge poked his head in front a stride or two short of the wire to nab Military Attack in a thriller, and so earn another big-race success under the ever tenacious Neil Callan. The Irishman also rode Blazing Speed to win the final leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown last season, the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) HKG1, the British import having previously landed the first leg, the Stewards’ Cup (1600m) HKG1, under Mirco Demuro. “Since the first time I got on him he just seems to relax for me. I don’t know if that’s the good training of Tony or my hands! He just seems to click for me and relax,” said Callan after the Dylan Thomas gelding had scored by a head in a fast time of 2m 01.71s. “He’s now won a Group 1 over a mile, 2400m and now a Group 2 at 2000m, so he’s versatile. The most important thing is he’s got to get a spot, relax and find his rhythm and then at the end he’ll give you a kick. That’s whether it’s a mile, 2000m or 2400m, it doesn’t really matter.” Blazing Speed is closely related to two Hong Kong Derby heroes in Johan Cruyff and Super Satin being from Sadler’s Wells mare Leukippids.