By Graham Cunningham – HKJC
Pakistan Star powered through his first barrier trial for his new trainer Paul O’Sullivan but the Kiwi admits the acid test will come when Hong Kong’s most frustrating star bids to replicate his morning sparkle against the might of Beauty Generation in the Group 2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) on 7 April.
O’Sullivan took charge of Pakistan Star when owner Kerm Din decided to move him from Tony Cruz last month and was all smiles after the dual Group 1 winner, reunited with former rider Matthew Chadwick, forged clear in a 1200m workout on Sha Tin’s All Weather track.
“He arrived in good order and has been surprisingly kind in the box, just very straightforward,” he said. “I don’t think it’s any great feat to win a barrier trial with Pakistan Star but Matthew was very happy with his action and you couldn’t have asked for any more than that this morning.”
Pakistan Star was similarly impressive in winning all his last three trials for Cruz but the record reflects that he has finished unplaced six times since signing off last season with commanding wins in the QEII Cup (2000m) and the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m).
O’Sullivan feels the mile of the Chairman’s Trophy could be on the sharp side but is hoping to see signs of a revival on the way to another tilt at the FWD QEII Cup (28 April).
He added: “The way he pulled up he’ll probably need a run, and the mile isn’t the distance you would expect him to win at top level, but he seemed to enjoy his morning and so it’s so far so good.”