Former New Zealand-trained Not Usual Talent scored an impressive win over 1600m at Hong Kong on Sunday.
The Zacinto four-year-old, formerly trained at Cambridge by Stephen Marsh, tore down the home straight for a cosy win in the Class 2 Staunton Handicap, upstaging his rivals which included former Australian Group 1 performer Thinkin’ Big.
The race was run at a sizzling pace which suited Not Usual Talent who was aided by a lightweight, stopping the clock only 0.32 of a second slower than Beauty Generation’s track record.
“We got a decent draw (six) and it looked like there was going to be a lot of speed. I told the jockey he had to ride him quietly because they were probably going to go very fast,” trainer Benno Yung said.
“He has got more to give, we will need to test him more (before we know how good he can be),” he said.
The consistent four-year-old has proven capable from a mile up to 2000m and Yung expects a better horse next season.
A graduate of Ascot Farm’s 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale draft, Not Usual Talent has now won two races and been placed on three occasions since moving to Hong Kong.
Raced by Chinese businessman Hongwei Chen, he won two races in New Zealand at three from the Marsh stable.