Neil Callan and Mighty Giant win The Chairman’s Trophy at Sha Tin

Neil Callan and Mighty Giant win The Chairman’s Trophy at Sha Tin


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Kildare jockey Neil Callan and Mighty Giant win The Chairman’s Trophy at Sha Tin. Credit: Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Kildare jockey Neil Callan and Mighty Giant had an all-the-way victory in at present’s Group 2 The Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Sha Tin, Hong Kong.

The Ricky Yiu-trained runner, a market outsider in opposition to 4 opponents, claimed the HK$4.5 million characteristic race underneath a daring front-running trip from the forty-two-year-old Irish rider.

Southern Legend was runner-up, with More Than This again in third.

The victory was a 3rd Chairman’s Trophy success for Callan following his beforehand wins on Beauty Only in 2016 and 2018.

Commenting on at present’s win, the Kildare man mentioned:

“It means quite a bit, all people is aware of my scenario however all I need to do is hold working exhausting, hold using winners right here in Hong Kong and the larger winners, the higher.


The New Zealand-bred Power gelding broke evenly from stall two, heading to the entrance on the 1100m mark. From there, the five-year-old was by no means headed on his method to a gritty half-length success underneath a fierce Callan drive.

First win at Pattern stage

The win was Mighty Giant’s seventh from 15 begins. It was his first at Pattern stage, nonetheless. He was beforehand positioned third behind at present’s favorite Waikuku in February’s Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m).

Explaining his techniques for his 21st winner of the season, Callan mentioned:

“At the corner, I just took a little tug on him. I knew he was going to give me a kick. The kick was his winning move. He just got two lengths on them and maintained it from the 200 metre mark.”

After ending a distant final, favorite Waikuku was discovered with blood in his trachea publish race. The former John Oxx-trained horse received a Group 1 on his final begin. 

On Wednesday, Neil Callan could have the standing of his present Hong Kong licence reviewed. He will seem earlier than the Licensing Committee in relation to his conduct throughout a Stewards’ inquiry final February. 

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