Long drought ends for Divine Boy on dirt

It had been a long time between drinks for Divine Boy, but trainer Me Tsui hopes that he may have more wins in store now after his three and a quarter length victory in the Class 3 Tsuen Lok Handicap (1650m) on the all-weather track under Joao Moreira at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Divine Boy’s career peaked late in his four-year-old season, when he was fourth to Lucky Bubbles in the HKG2 Sprint Cup (1200m) and seventh, just four lengths from Australian speedster Chautauqua, in the G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m). His last win came earlier that term, when he completed a hat-trick of 1200m Happy Valley triumphs in December 2015.

“These days, as an older horse, he just doesn’t have that speed over 1200m,” Tsui said. “His first-up run was good and I think the dirt suits him. Hopefully he can win up in Class 2 again, on that you’d think it is a chance. Maybe I’ll try to find another dirt mile for him.”

It was the second leg of a brace for Moreira, who took the Class 4 Tai Ho Handicap (1400m) on Red Horse.

Racing returns to Happy Valley on Wednesday, with an eight-race card scheduled to begin at 7.15pm.