Pakistan Star will attempt a remarkable metamorphosis from G1-winning stayer to top-class sprinter in Sunday’s (20 October) G2 Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m).
The enigmatic gelding has not won a race since wowing the Sha Tin crowd with victories in the G1 QEII Cup (2000m) and G1 Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) in the spring of 2018. This weekend, the six-year-old’s new handler Paul O’Sullivan is launching him into a programme which connections hope will take him to glory in December’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m).
“He’s the odd one out to some extent; he’s the exciting one in the race,” jockey Zac Purton said this morning, Friday, 18 October.
Owner Kerm Din’s pride and joy is certainly a leftfield candidate for top sprint honours. The German-bred has not raced at 1200m since his sensational internet-hit last-to-first charge on his career debut back in July 2016; his last race at a distance under a mile was his Griffin Trophy (1400m) win in December of that year.
“Everyone is looking forward to seeing how he’s going to go,” his rider said.