Packing Whiz: won the Sa Sa Ladies' Purse at Sha TinPICTURE: HKJC
Impressive Packing Whiz floors his Sha Tin rivals
Report: Hong Kong, Sunday
The Sa Sa Ladies' Purse (HKGr3) 1m1f, handicap
PACKING WHIZ fully endorsed trainer John Moore's view that last year's Italian 2,000 Guineas winner is headed right for the top in Hong Kong after wiping the floor with some decent handicappers in the Sa Sa Ladies' Purse at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Formerly named Al Rep before leaving the stable of Daniele Camuffo, the Irish-bred had turned in probably the most impressive performance of the season to date in a lower class event a fortnight prior, but he was even better on this occasion against stronger opposition and strode towards a likely slot in the Longines Hong Kong International Races in December.
In an evenly run race, jockey Brett Prebble had to wait until around the furlong marker before guiding Packing Whiz into the clear but the response was immediate, winning by a ready length and three-quarters.
"He is a Group 1 horse in the making, no doubt. He's the real deal," Moore later said of the Trade Fair gelding who will be stretched to 10f for his next two starts.
"He has a lot of potential and we'll now go on to the 2000-metre international trial [Group 2 Longines Jockey Club Cup in mid- November], and then on the Longines Hong Kong Cup in December - that's the plan. Last time he won underdone and even today Brett commented that he had a good blow after that - so he still hasn't reached his peak yet."
Stable companion Dominant, formerly trained by Roger Varian, really caught the eye by running on into second place despite badly missing the start and being detached from the field early under his bigger weight to bode well for his December target in the Longines Hong Kong Vase over 1m4f.
Moore and Prebble also combined productively via the improving Sterling City who ripped past almost every rival, including the disappointingly flat 4/7 favourite The Peak who missed a place in the Class 3 sprint.
Prebble enjoyed a hat-trick on the day having earlier scored on Surrounded for trainer David Hall.
South African-born trainer David Ferraris won two of the last three races on the card with two of his compatriots making the most of favourable post positions in the saddle. Jockey Richard Fourie eked a narrow victory out of Strathtay in the Class 3 over 7f an hour before Weichong Marwing won the Class 2 over the same distance on the veteran Fleet Command.
Elsewhere, trainer Sean Woods registered his third success of the season courtesy of Percy Jackson (Douglas Whyte), previously stabled with Dennis Coakley.