Nothingilikemore lived up to his top billing with a confident victory in the HK$10 million Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse this afternoon, Sunday 21 January.
Joao Moreira steered the 1.6 favourite a wide passage into the home straight and Hong Kong’s latest star did the rest, quickening through the final 400m in an untouchable 22.90s to clock a winning time of 1m 34.24s. Singapore Sling chased to finish a length and a quarter second under Chad Schofield.
With the first leg of Hong Kong’s three-race Four-Year-Old Classic Series secured, the talented Husson gelding is set for next month’s follow-up, the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m). And trainer John Size sees the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) as a likely target, too.
“He’s going to run well in the 1800,” Size said. “The tempo’s going to be a bit different but he seems to be able to adapt to that once he settles and follows horses. I don’t think that will worry him and I’d envisage that he’d go to the Derby as well.”
The handler’s previous Hong Kong Classic Mile winner, Sun Jewellery, followed up in the Hong Kong Classic Cup in 2016 before running seventh in the BMW Hong Kong Derby.
Nothingilikemore went into today’s feature rated 10lb and more ahead of his rivals but the manner of victory, against the best of his peers, was impressive nonetheless.
“He keeps on surprising me every time that he goes out there. Each time that Nothingilikemore races, he’s more relaxed,” said Moreira, who won this race 12 months ago on Rapper Dragon and in 2014 atop Able Friend.