Chris So is hoping his talented sprinter Classic Unicorn (119lb) can signal that this will be his coming of age season when the smart chestnut goes to post for his return in the Class 2 High Island Handicap (1000m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday (7 October) night.
The lightly-raced five-year-old burst onto the scene with two blazing wins at his first two starts, however since his fast start to life in Hong Kong, he has managed only one win from his subsequent five starts, a four-length romp at the Valley.
“He’s a lot better this year, he’s improved mentally, and we’ve always known that he has a lot of potential,” So said. “He hasn’t had too many runs for a five-year-old and only five starts last season, but we can’t push him too hard because he can go backwards.
“That’s why we’ve tried to find something a bit easier for him; last year we moved him back to Happy Valley, which was a bit easier, and he won but even after that he got beat, even though it wasn’t by too far.”
The Per Incanto gelding arrived as an unraced New Zealand import with two barrier trials under his belt. Since then, he has accrued three wins from seven starts and risen 31 rating points to a mark of 83 and So believes in his charge’s ability to build on that figure.