Hong Kong Jockey Club veterinary clarity would quieten the ‘drums’
The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s world class website contains a plethora of pre- and post-race reports, but Danny Shum’s post-race comments about Romantic Warrior revealed a gap that needs to be filled.
After Do Deuce was withdrawn from the G1 Dubai Turf in March, at least one of racing’s on-the-spot social media influencers revealed that the ‘jungle drums’ had been sounding ‘all week’. The problem with that was, if the drums were sounding they weren’t heard past the general environs of the Sheikh Zayed Road, despite the modern wonder of instant worldwide information sharing.
There was nothing among the copious official press releases popping from the Dubai Racing Club’s dedicated media team to suggest one of Japan’s big hopes was about to be absent with near-fore lameness. In fact, just the day before the horse was withdrawn, an official release had trainer Yasuo Tomomichi saying: “It was a good work and he looked as though he could have gone even faster.”
Spool forward to last Sunday at Sha Tin and we have comments made after Romantic Warrior’s dominant win in the G1 QEII Cup suggesting the horse had been under the weather in the days prior to his previous run.
Trainer Danny Shum’s stable star had been hailed as something special after putting together a brilliant victory in the G1 Hong Kong Cup in December, such that when the G1 Stewards’ Cup rolled around in January, he was the $2.0 favourite against the champion Golden Sixty: the latter won by a length.