Master Eight is shaping up as one of Hong Kong’s rising sprint stars and trainer Frankie Lor is hopeful the speedster can intensify his development in Saturday’s (1 January) HK$3.7 million G3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy Handicap (1000m) – his toughest test to date.
“It’s his first time at Group 3 level but the horse is in good form and he has a light weight,” Lor said. “He looks like he can step up – I think he is another good sprinter.”
Debuting last season in May, the unconquered son of Oamaru Force has risen from Class 4 to Class 2 across only four runs – swiftly enhancing his rating from 52 to 95.
Last outing Master Eight (118lb) made his first start down the straight at Sha Tin, downing seven others with relative ease in a slick 55.42s, including Nervous Witness and Hong Kong Win (114lb), the latter he faces again this weekend, while Computer Patch (133lb), Super Wealthy (131lb), Sight Success (127lb), Voyage Warrior (122lb), Keep You Warm (113lb) and Valiant Dream (113lb) make up the field.
“Last time he ran well down the 1000 metre straight at his first try, so my only concern is that this is his first run at Group 3 level,” Lor said.