Mega Posh is a sprint star in the making
Mega Posh stamped himself as a type who is ready to go places with an eye-catching debut performance in the Billion Win Handicap (1,200 metres) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained import has had a fruitful preparation and was never asked to do much in his four barrier trials over 800m to 1,200m on both surfaces behind some nice types in Dance For Gold, who won at his debut 10 days ago, and O'Halo.
Before his arrival, Mega Posh was tutored by Frank Ritchie in New Zealand and had one trial over 800m for a closing three-quarter-length second.
Darren Beadman appeared to like what he was underneath at his final three trials and stuck to Mega Posh on Sunday.
Mega Posh showed no speed, stayed one off the fence upon straightening, some six lengths off leader Take By Storm, and eventually got going inside the final 100m to go under by 13/4 lengths to another up-and-comer in Giggles Forever.
He appears from this run and his pedigree to be a nicely molded sprinter-miler in the making.
The three-year-old is the first starter in Hong Kong for Danehill stallion Darci Brahma, a 10-time southern hemisphere winner from 1,200m to 1,600m. His dam, Marie Claire, is by sprinter-miler O'Reilly and was a promising performer in New Zealand with six successes at 1,300m, 1400m and 1,600m.
She is also a half sister to multiple winner up to a mile Arrabeea, who was successful in both the high-class BTC Doomben Classic and VATC Thoroughbred Club Stakes, and to five other winners, including Sunny Desert, a local winner of four lower-grade races.
Marie Claire has produced three winning foals, including Miranda Miss (By Reset), a three-time winner at 1,200m, 1,810m and 1,850m; Miraflores (by Johar), a winner at 1,800m and 2,000m; and Austral Prince (by Aurealis), successful at 1,000m.
Mega Posh has the potential to be a nice money-spinner for owner Shirley Tsang Huang-yang, who also has the improving three-time starter Hei Hei Posh in Shum's stable.