Victor The Winner rises for Group 3 Sha Tin Vase challenge

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's emergence has been rapid and this Sunday he'll look to ascend even further when he lines up in the $3.9 million Group 3 Vase Handicap (1200m) against a collection of 's most accomplished sprinters.

A five-time winner from seven starts, Victor The Winner has shot up from a rating of 52 to a career-high 101 – capped with a pair of wins in Class 2 by a combined three lengths.

Rated 29 points astern of Lucky 's towering mark of 130 in this weekend's dash, Victor The Winner has been assigned Karis Teetan – a natural light weight in the saddle – as recent partner Zac Purton hunts a ninth win atop .

“He's going in with 20 pounds less than Lucky Sweynesse, of course, he's a superstar but 20 pounds makes a big difference,” Teetan said. “All of those horses have had a long season now, so towards the end of the season you get a horse like Victor The Winner rising against the big boys, carrying 115 pounds, it's a big advantage.”

The last two winners of the Sha Tin Vase, (2021) and (2022), carried 118lb and 113lb to victory, respectively.

“I trialled Victor The Winner and I know there's a big difference in rating, but he's going to make Lucky Sweynesse work hard to get past him because Victor The Winner is a very good horse, I believe,” Teetan said.

Sight Success, Courier Wonder, , Rewarding Together, Six and Ima Single Man also hold entries for Sunday's Sha Tin Vase.

Teetan clocked 1:11.45s on the dirt over 1200m atop Victor The Winner in a recent barrier trial, crossing the line in first position.

“He's been doing everything right, he's had one or two runs when he's been a bit off but (trainer) Danny (Shum) has worked him out, freshened him up and it seems like he gets the best out of him.

“He's a nice horse and going forward I think he's going to be one of next season's main sprinters,” Teetan said.

Teetan will renew a partnership with Lucky Eight at this evening (Wednesday, May 31) for trainer Ricky Yiu.

“He's in a race where he is capable to win again, he's a horse that has been running well throughout the season,” Teetan said. “He's got some good speed out of the gates, so I think he can get himself into a nice position.”

The Mauritian ace has steered Lucky Eight to all three of his wins in Hong Kong and hops back aboard tonight.

“He ran a good race last time, unfortunately he got a bit held up in the straight, but I have had a good connection with the horse before and it's nice to get back on,” Teetan said.

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