Little Giant (133lb) sealed victory in the G3 Sha Tin Vase Handicap (1200m) under a cool, collected ride from Zac Purton who claimed a six-timer at Sha Tin today (Sunday 26 May).
The win was trainer David Hall’s second Group-race win this term, having waited through a four-year blank in Pattern class before Ho Ho Khan’s victory in the G3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup earlier this month.
“I was pretty relieved that he could get the job done today, it was a testing sort of a race with the big weight, but he’s put up two terrific performances at Group 1 level – third and a fourth,” Hall said.
Little Giant settled fourth in the run under Purton, before peeling out in the straight – cruising to a three-quarter length victory ahead of Dragon General (115lb), with last-start G1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) seventh Wishful Thinker (129lb) in third.
A two-time winner pre-import in New Zealand, Little Giant has now secured four Hong Kong wins from 10 starts in a career that has been stop-start in the past due to physical issues.
“To be able to get that win and as you said he had a lot of troubles last year, so it’s great to see,” said Hall.