Bear Hero shows he is ready for business with a dazzling trial
Talented Bear Hero made his first appearance at Sha Tin since his disastrous trip Down Under with a smashing trial performance on the all-weather track yesterday.
The son of General Nediym was unable to match strides with some hot company in the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1,200m) at Flemington on October 29, but there was an explanation for the champion griffin's poor performance as he pulled a shoe off early in the race, badly damaging his hoof, and went lame as a result.
The David Ferraris-trained three-year-old showed he had taken no harm from the trip, taking tight dirt turns with ease and kicking clear for a comfortable three-length win under Brett Prebble.
His effort left track-watchers speechless as he clocked a sensational 1.00.44 for the 1,050m heat, with his final split in 22.9. Bear Hero beat dirt-freak Dynamic Blitz's time of 1.00.60 (December 28, 2010). Just as impressive was the lack of pressure applied by Prebble as he sat third behind Final Answer and Jun Dao, who went hard out in front, and a slight squeeze saw the colt pick up nicely over the final 200m.
His only defeat at Sha Tin came at the hands of King Mossman on the opening day of the season in September when attempting a turn for the first time, but the way he handled the tight turns yesterday will have allayed any fears he is a straight-track specialist.
The John Moore-trained Final Answer (Jeff Lloyd) once again caught the eye when finishing a nice second, but he has been finding it hard going in higher company on raceday. The Paul O'Sullivan-trained New Vision, with new rider Zac Purton aboard, ran on under his own steam for third and is ready to get back to winning ways.
Others worth noting are: Mirage R, marvel Plus, O'Halo, Celestial World and Sabina.