Wah May Star can live up to his rich pedigree
Trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak had his judgment vindicated when his most expensive purchase, Wah May Star, landed the opening griffin race in the style of a horse going somewhere as he matures.
Tsui bought Wah May Star at New Zealand's Ready To Run sale at Karaka last November for NZ$340,000 (HK$2.18 million) and the trainer had gone out of his way to buy a grey son of Fusaichi Pegasus, who more regularly produces bays like himself.
'I worry about the Fusaichi Pegasus side because they tend to be very excitable, nervous horses,' Tsui said after two-year-old Wah May Star (Zac Purton) streeted his rivals as the first half of a stable double.
'But this horse is the same colour as his dam side and everything about him is more like that side than the sire.'
The dam side is a line through Wah May Star's mother, Skates, and grandmother, the multiple Group One winner, Skating, both of them greys, back through to Skating's white grey maternal grandsire, Raffindale.
And it's a family that gives Wah May Star a bit to live up to as well, since his half-sister Juste Momente is a Group One winner in Australia and several of the progeny of Skates have gone through yearling sales for healthy prices right up to A$1.7 million (HK$14.4 million).
Wah May Star commanded only A$115,000 when initially sold in Sydney as a yearling, so he was obviously a fairly backward type then, but was clearly showing more when Tsui bought him six months later as an early two-year-old.
'And I think he's a horse who is just going to keep improving as he grows into himself. He was just beaten simply by inexperience at his first run, but that win today showed how much he had come on,' said Purton after the cavalier romp by almost four lengths. 'He's going to make his way through the grades very nicely next season.'
Tsui said the grey's forte is going to be over further than the 1,200m event: 'His breeding says that he will be a 1,400m to 1,600m horse next season.'
Tsui took himself to a commendable 43 wins in the final race when 10-pound claimer Alvin Ng Ka-chun also notched a double when he led throughout on Just Fantastic for the gelding's fifth win of the season.