Promising four-year-old Fabulous One (Elusive City Beautiful Unicorn) led all the way at Sha Tin on Sunday for another win by a big space, this time with Zac Purton riding, as his trainer Chris So Wai-yin racks up an easy treble
Boom horse Fabulous One looks headed straight to the upper ranks of a sprint division crying out for fresh blood after yet another dominant display in slick time. Still, So said the speedster still has some work to do if he is to live up to the hype generated through his three straight tearaway victories to start the season.
"Yes, he is very exciting, but he does a few things wrong - that is fine for now, but he won't get away with it when he faces the really top horses," said So, who was nevertheless delighted with a day where he won the Class Five opener with Aztec Empire, scored with Classic Emperor and then went close with 2016 classic prospect Hero Look in the last.
"I don't disagree that Fabulous One will be in those group races, but he is going to have to learn to settle and take a sit in a race. He has already come a long way, though, he has improved, and it is exciting that he still has some improvement left in him."
Jockey Zac Purton was the beneficiary of Joao Moreira's absence through suspension as he picked up the ride on the four-year-old, although he had trialled Fabulous One before climbing aboard for the Class Three - where he somewhat unsuccessfully tried to get the horse to settle behind the speed.
After Fabulous One drew barrier 11, there was no option other than to utilise the horse's electric gate speed in a race without much pace, yet Purton agreed that the son of Elusive City still has to add some different aspects to his game.
"You can't just be one-dimensional, especially here in Hong Kong, but he has time to learn - one day he will have to, though, because he won't be able to lead and have it his own way all the time," Purton said.
"But overall it is pretty positive. He helps himself being good out of the gates, gets to the front and he doesn't overdo it." -China Morning Post