Gun sprinter Aethero pleased trainer Caspar Fownes at Sha Tin this morning (Tuesday, 23 February) as he ramped up his preparation toward a return to the races.
The hulking chestnut – who holds Sha Tin’s 1000m course record – appeared to move freely and with relative ease under championship leading jockey Joao Moreira this morning as he crossed the line first in a barrier trial by a comfortable two lengths, clocking 46.09s.
“It was a pleasing trial – it’s nice to bring him back and the track condition was beautiful this morning, we just gave him an 800 metre trial and he’s come through it nicely,” Fownes said.
Touted as the heir apparent to Hong Kong’s sprinting ranks, the Sebring gelding’s rise to stardom was put on hold after he was found to have bled in last April’s G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m), but then any early season aspirations were subsequently scrapped as he suffered a tendon injury last September.
“We’ve just brought him along nice and easy – there is no doubt that he is something special, we just need a little bit of luck and we’ve certainly given him every chance to make a successful comeback – hopefully we can bring him back to his best,” Fownes said.
The speedy four-year-old’s exploits when under the care of previous trainer John Moore includes five wins from his first six starts capped by a comfortable victory in the 2019 G2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m). The following start he finished a close-up third in the 2019 G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) as favourite behind Beat The Clock and Hot King Prawn.