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Pakistan Star did it again. The horse that went viral online with a stunning last-to-first debut win back in July produced a carbon copy performance to maintain his perfect record and wow the Sha Tin crowd in the Tsuen Lok Handicap (1400m) this afternoon, Sunday, 18 September.
Trainer Tony Cruz, in lyrical form post-race, likened the Shamardal gelding to “a catapult – full of power in the finish”. Pakistan Star, five lengths adrift after yet another tardy start, cruised off the home turn and stormed through the final 400m under Matthew Chadwick in 21.44s to post a comfortable length-and-a-quarter victory.
“It’s a repeat of his first race,” Cruz said. “He’s definitely going places. He’s a Class 1 horse and these were only Class 3 horses, so I hope he doesn’t jump that slowly in the future; jump with the field; stay with the field; if we can have him race midfield we can win the race more easily!”
Cruz was not being drawn on just how good Pakistan Star might be: “As he improves he’ll tell us how good he is”. But the trainer could not hide his enthusiasm for the Kerm Din-owned gelding, purchased for HK$6 million at the Hong Kong International Sale in March – quirks and all.
“He’s a very shy horse but he gets better with experience,” Cruz revealed. “He’s a stronger and better horse now. He’s much fitter than last time; he’s definitely improved – character-wise and in terms of bravery.