PAKISTAN STAR DAZZLES AGAIN IN HK
28 May 2018
Enigmatic but certainly supremely talented, PAKISTAN STAR laid down convincing claims for being crowned Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year
with a comfortable success in the Group 1 Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin.
PAKISTAN STAR, trained by Tony Cruz, raced close to the pace
in the 12 furlong showpiece under Tommy Berry and once finding clear running
with a furlong and a half to race, he shot clear to score readily by almost two
lengths from stablemate Exultant (IRE), formerly Irishcorrepondent (IRE) when
third in last year’s Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Sired by Shamardal, who stands for a private fee at Darley’s
Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, PAKISTAN STAR has been the most talked about
horse in Hong Kong since a remarkable winning debut in July 2016.
However, he has also been a bit of a rogue, famously
stopping in a race at long odds-on last June which forced a string of barrier
trials to convince the local stipendiary stewards that a repeat would not
It appears no coincidence that his racing manners have
improved since receiving a visit by renowned ‘horse whisperer’ Monty Roberts
late last year and Sunday’s success followed on from his victory in the
Audemars Piguet QEII Cup last month.