Big Party (118lb) brushed off six rivals to post an impressive win in the Group 3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy Handicap (1000m) at Sha Tin this afternoon, (Sunday 29 December).
The manner of the grey’s length and three-quarter victory in a time of 55.71s suggested the Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) in three weeks’ time would be a probable next assignment. But trainer Frankie Lor played down such talk in the race’s immediate aftermath.
“Maybe,” was his cautious response to that proposition, “I need to talk to the owner first.”
That is not to say Lor doubts the four-year-old’s ability to mix it with the likes of G1-winning stablemate Mr Stunning: “If you see this race, I think you will say he could be one of Hong Kong’s best sprinters. He’s still young and I hope he can improve further,” he said.
Winning rider Grant van Niekerk echoed that view without a hint of doubt.
“He’s definitely good enough to run in that (Group 1) race, he’s got potential and I think he’s good enough to take on the big guns.” he said.
“He didn’t take on the best in this race but there were still some decent sprinters in there and he won with authority and that must count.”