Hong Kong Mile

Talented imports Business As Usual and Summer Dash loaded with rich pedigree

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 February, 2011, 12:00am


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John Moore got the Lunar New Year off to a roaring start with four wins, including the Chairman's Sprint Prize with Dim Sum and the Chinese New Year Cup with Sunny King, and won't be far off a success with Business As Usual after a luckless effort in the Class Two Fat Choi Handicap.

His new arrival had absolutely no luck in the straight when held up behind the tiring New Glory before copping a check from Fat Choy Oohlala at the 200m when trying to switch inside for a run. He eventually finished seventh behind Free Judgement, beaten 3? lengths for Darren Beadman.

The four-year-old travelled keenly in his debut early last month, but kept on well for a four-length 10th behind Paganini's Soul over the 1,400m.

He arrived with a creditable record of two wins, one over the 1,400m at Yarmouth and another over the mile at Newmarket (Rowley), with a polytrack second and fourth from four starts in Britain.

His pedigree has a good mix of speed and stamina. His sire, the Green Desert stallion Invincible Spirit, was a seven-time winner at 1,200m, including the Haydock Sprint Cup (G1), while his dam, Lesgor, is by the stamina influential Irish River and a winner over 2,000m and Group Three-placed in France. Adding more lustre to his pedigree is his second dam Let's Sgor, who was the 2009 Champion Three-year-old Filly in New Zealand.

Business As Usual has the muscular looks and pedigree to be capable of heading higher off his current Class Two mark of 85.

The David Hall-trained Summer Dash worked home a promising fifth in the Class Three Kung Hei Handicap (1,400m) and looks to have a nice future.

He carried a bit of extra condition but, after breaking slowly with Brett Prebble, recovered well to hold a fence position before working home steadily for a four-length fifth behind Leading City.

On his overseas form, which reads three straight wins from his first four Australian starts from 1,400m to 1,800m, Summer Dash will only get better with a step up in distance.

He is a well-bred son of promising Sharmadal, successful in the St James's Palace Stakes (1,600m), Poule D'Essai Des Poulains (1,600m) and Prix Du Jockey Club (2,000m) among his four Group One wins, and responsible for the winners Flashing Aura and Leading City.

He is out of a Diesis mare, who is a half-sister to the dam of Muhtathir, a sound mile/middle-distance performer, who was fourth behind Docksider in the 1999 Hong Kong Mile.

Summer Dash will have to restore faith for his family after the performance of his retired half-brother Glorious Giant, who only managed a Class Four third at Happy Valley over the 1,200m from nine starts.

Going higher

The John Moore-trained Business As Usual arrived with a creditable record of two wins from Britain and is rated: 85