2023 Chairman's Trophy & Sprint Cup Recap

Lucky Sweynesse puts the boot into Wellington once again and brings up his fifth graded stakes race on the spin, winning comfortably by a length in the Grade 2 Sprint Cup at Sha Tin. California Spangle hangs tough under a strong ride from Zac Purton to take the 2023 Chairman’s Trophy at Sha Tin.

2023 Sprint Cup

G2 – Purse $637,000 – 1200 meters (6 furlongs) – Turf – 4-Year-Olds and Upwards

The race was flipped on its head at the start, as the expected pacesetter Whizz Kid bobbled badly at the gate and was on the back foot from there and would not recover.

It meant that Master Eight was in front and was going to try and go gate to wire.

The chalk and eventual winner LUCKY SWEYNESSE was also slow away, but he soon recovered to take a prominent spot in third, tracking his old rival Wellington and the leader Master Eight.

Master Eight was three lengths clear rounding the far turn, but the top two were content to bide their time. As they hit the top of the stretch Wellington came to take the lead off the long-time leader and he moved to the front 400 meters (two furlongs) from the wire but his move was immediately covered by Lucky Sweynesse and the two set down to battle it out.

They went head to head until the chalk got the better of his rival a sixteenth from the wire and he ran out a comfortable length winner with Master Eight a further three lengths back in third with Rewarding Together closing late for the fourth spot.

Sprint Cup Payouts

HorseWinPlace
1. Lucky Sweynesse$1.20$1.01
2. Wellington$1.45
3. First Eight$5.95

WINNING TIME: 1 min 09.15 secs

Sprint Cup Race Video

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2023 Chairman’s Trophy

G2 – Purse $637,000 – 1600 meters (1 mile) – Turf – 4 Year-Olds

From the gates, it was the trailblazer Healthy Happy who crossed in front of the chalk and eventual winner CALIFORNIA SPANGLE to lead with another prominent runner Money Catcher stalking the leading pair.

The pace was strong and Healthy Happy widened a couple of lengths clear of the favorite but Zac Purton had California Spangle nicely in hand and traveling strongly.

Meanwhile, behind, Beauty Joy had made ground inside to share the third spot with Money Catcher and they were three lengths behind the leader.

With 300 meters (a furlong and a half) to the wire, Purton had to get serious on the chalk as Money Catcher loomed a big danger on his outside.

However, he showed his class to get to the front in the final sixteenth and went on to run out a three-quarter length winner at the wire with Money Catcher running a stormer in second and Beauty Joy getting up on the wire to take the third spot from long time leader Healthy Happy.

Chairman’s Trophy Payouts

HorseWinPlace
1. California Spangle$1.25$1.01
2. Money Catcher$2.00
3. Beauty Joy$1.90

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 34.17 secs

Chairman’s Trophy Race Video

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