Sterling City Set For Group One Challenge

Australian bred sprinter Sterling City is set to take on Hong Kong’s best on Sunday in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin Racecourse.

John Moore’s runner is 2.75 with the bet365 racing betting to win the 1200 metre contest where he will have to get the better of ante-post favourite Lucky Nine.

Sterling City has only raced on five occasions so far in his career and has won on three of those occasions. He justified favouritism to win the Group Three Chinese Club Challenge Cup last time out at Sha Tin. That was over the longer trip of 1400 metres but he was able to hold off the challenge of Destined For Glory to get up by just under a length.

The six-year old broke his maiden on his debut at the Hong Kong track back in June in the Premier Cup. He followed that up with another success later in the year to score a by a neck ahead of Bullish Champions.

A step up to Group Two came in the Bochk Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint where he found only Charles The Great too good for him on the day.

Connections then entered their talented sprinter in a Group One for the first time in December in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint over 1200m. He was able to finish a respectable fifth in a race which included some of the best sprinters in the world. Japan’s Lord Kanaloa took the price ahead of Sole Power from Ireland, while Frederick Engels completed the placings.

The field for the Chairman’s Sprint Cup on Sunday is much smaller and is a good opportunity for him to try and win in the highest company for the first time. The occasion should provide a similar opportunity for fans of the racing live betting.

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