Hong Kong Racing

Re: Hong Kong Racing

Postby Sparrow Castle » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:41 pm

Pakistan Star Passes Final Exam, Set for HK Gold Cup Comebacker
Pakistan Star (Ger) (Shamardal) handily defeated former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}) in a 1600-metre barrier trial at Sha Tin Racecourse Tuesday morning, the final hurdle ahead of a presumptive green light from the Hong Kong Jockey Club for a return to racing in the G1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) Sunday week.

As has been well documented, the ‘TDN Rising Star‘ pulled himself up when heavily favoured in the G3 Premier Plate H. last June and again in an October trial, earning himself a ban from the local stewards after stopping at the same spot on the track each time. The Tony Cruz trainee was ‘sentenced’ to a spell and would only be allowed to return if able to prove that he was over his antics. Having successfully completed a pair of jump-outs, Pakistan Star defeated stable companion Romantic Touch (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}) in a Feb. 6 barrier trial and Tuesday’s specially arranged heat was to be his final hurdle.

Drawn gate five in a field of six, Pakistan Star–who has had his fair share of issues in the stalls–jumped without incident once again and settled in second, just off the flank of Werther, the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup runner-up who will face Pakistan Star in the Gold Cup. Shaken up by Joao Moreira with a quarter mile to travel, the bay quickened up nicely through a final 400m in :22.3 and pulled away to score by 3 1/2 lengths (video). Last-out G1 Stewards’ Cup hero Seasons Bloom (Aus) (Captain Sonador {Aus}) ran on well for third and will stretch out to the mile and a quarter for the Gold Cup.

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Re: Hong Kong Racing

Postby Northport » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:14 pm

Glad he got the green light to come back. He is such a quirky bugger, but regardless of whether he decides to run or not, his races are always entertaining.
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