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Lobo’s Legend In Action At Sha Tin

Neil Callan is hoping South African import Lobo’s Legend can upset Four-Year-Old Classic Series hope Golden Sixty and break his duck in Saturday’s Class 2 Chevalier Property Investment Handicap over 1400m at Shatin on Saturday.

“A couple of his runs at the end of last season, he was running up to a good level of form. He’s come out this season and run one good race for me over 1400m when he got the right track into the race and hit the line quite strongly,” Callan said.

Lobo’s Legend won the Grade 1 SA Classic over 1800m pre-import, the second leg of the South African Triple Crown, but the Irishman is of the opinion that the David Ferraris-trained gelding is more effective over shorter distances.

“I think he’s a 1200m horse, all his best form has been over 1100m to 1200m and I think when he won his 1800-metre Group 1 he landed in the lead combined with his natural gate speed – which meant he could just sit there and then he sprinted away from them and since then he hasn’t gone to 1800m,” Callan said.

The Trippi gelding will face 13 opponents in Saturday’s maiden-breaking assignment, including Golden Sixty, who is looking to become the third horse this season to win his third consecutive race, following Hardly Swears who tallied the hat-trick on Wednesday.

“Golden Sixty is obviously a horse that’s going into the Four-Year-Old series, he’s on an upward curve and he looks hard to beat but you can’t be scared of just one horse – we’re in there to win,” Callan said

Callan also reunites with Good Standing in Saturday’s feature, the Class 1 Chevalier Cup Handicap 1600m following a runner-up effort behind Encouraging in the Class 1 Panasonic Cup over 1400m.

“He’s a very straightforward horse, he’s very easy to deal with, he has a lot of class and he put in a good run last time which I expected, but I didn’t expect Encouraging to run that fast and keep going!” Callan said.

The John Moore-trained gelding was second-up last time and seemingly enjoyed the return to the trip after being outpaced at 1200m the time before.

“At the 250 metre mark I thought I could run past him (Encouraging) but I noticed early on in the race that my saddle had gone back quite a long way and by the time I got to the 100m mark I was wondering whether it was going to stay intact, but luckily it did,” the Irishman said.

“When I pulled up on him the saddle was so far around his loins I don’t know how he even got to finish off the race so well,” he added.

Neil Callan and John Moore have teamed up twice already together this season following the successes of Happy Warrior and Thanks Forever.

“We’ve had a good run, horses are going well, a couple of nice winners as well – long may it continue,” Callan said.

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