The New Zealand influence was heavily stamped all over the result of the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The John Size-trained Beat The Clock claimed his second elite level success when he wore down Savabeel’s son Rattan in the shadows of the post with a brave Little Giant, a son of Swiss Ace, close up in third in the HK$16 million contest.
Beat The Clock is a graduate of the 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale, sold out of the Prima Park draft for $200,000.
Rattan also made his way through the New Zealand Bloodstock sale series as a graduate from the Mapperley Stud draft at the 2015 National Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to the bid of local bloodstock agent Bruce Perry for $150,000 before finding his way to Hong Kong.
Little Giant is a product of Gerry Harvey’s Westbury Stud in Karaka and was unbeaten in two starts in New Zealand for trainer Lisa Latta before being sold to Hong Kong clients.
It was Beat The Clock’s eighth win and his second at Group 1 level, having taken the Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) in January but this was certainly his finest moment after minor placings this day last year and in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) last December.
New Zealand was represented in the race with the Michael and Matthew Pitman-trained Enzo’s Lad taking on some of the world’s best sprinters but, after being prominent early, he was under pressure coming to the home turn and dropped out to finish last of the nine runners.