Classique Legend took a crucial step towards his G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) tilt with his first Hong Kong barrier trial on the turf at Sha Tin this morning (Tuesday, 1 December).
But while satisfied with the grey’s effort, trainer Caspar Fownes implied caution as he swiftly prepares the talented grey for his Hong Kong debut in the HK$22 million sprint contest on 13 December at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races.
“Obviously he’s a bit rusty and he hasn’t had an ideal prep as I have been saying – I’m just doing the best I possibly can considering the time frame I have,” Fownes said of the Australian-bred five-year-old who arrived in Hong Kong only 23 days ago.
The Not A Single Doubt gelding settled at the rear of the field early on over 1000m on the Sha Tin turf under local ace Vincent Ho, before being pushed out to cross the line third behind Sky Field and Assimilate in a time of 58.67s.
“The trial was acceptable – it’s the first time he has been down the straight and he just picked up nice, did his job – he came back nice and we’ll scope him and make sure everything is A1 over there,” Fownes said.