What Hong Kong trainer Danny Shum has managed to do is something that champion trainers John size and John Moore have not able to do – to win a G1 international race. Not only that, but on the opening day of the prestigious Royal Ascot carnival. Shum combined with the brilliance of jockey Zac “The Attack” Purton won the G1 King’s Stand Sprint on Little Bridge – a horse which even the most loyal Hong Kong racing fans did not think would measure up to the other international horses.
For days come up we’ve heard Australian pundits talk about Ortansia and how this was the horse to beat. Well, they got it wrong: Ortansia was nowhere. Meanwhile, after speaking to the Zac Attack, he knew he had the race in the bag a long way off. For this young jockey to achieve what he has speaks volumes for his talent and, as he said to us, “this is better than winning the jockey’s premiership.”
Hong Kong racing fans- and Hong Kong, in general- should stand up and salute this winning combination which has put, not only Hong Kong racing, but Hong Kong, on the world map.
Congratulations to everyone concerned in making this historical moment happen. Let’s hope the HKJC will do something special to remind HK about this incredible achievement and move this story from the racing pages to the front page of our newspapers.