Italian form to the forefront with classic hope Hero Look
It was hard to miss the debut performance of Hero Look on Sunday, with the former Italian running on behind a generous pace to finish second in the last event and the Derby aspirant goes into the black book.
Italian horses have become quite the thing in recent seasons, with the likes of Packing Whiz and Beauty Only leading the way in showing the troubled racing nation offers a viable alternative to the expensive shopping to be had in Ireland, Great Britain or France.
Under the same name in his homeland, Hero Look ran five times and was five times first past the post, losing his first run back at three on an objection.
One of his two-year-old wins was a Group Two in Milan and at his second three-year-old start, Hero Look won the Group Three Premio Paroli in Rome, which was amongst the Italian victories for Packing Whiz as well as Chris So Wai-yin-trained Best Tango.
Given a beautiful ride by Douglas Whyte, Hero Look had no excuses after following Celestial Smile into the race and going down by a neck in a race where closers were certainly favoured by the tempo, but it's reasonable to think there is improvement to come now that Hero Look has had the race and the fact he has acclimatised quickly looks a significant positive.
Horses to follow from the meeting were few and far between, but the curiously named Lucky Girl did a decent job to run fifth behind Fabulous One.
A word of warning, Lucky Girl does always hesitate when the gates open and, when he did it this time, he got squeezed out by other runners and forced to settle much further back than desirable before closing enthusiastically in the race.
A one time starter in Australia for a second at the Sunshine Coast, Lucky Girl looks like a nice stamp of a horse who will get out to a mile and is by Onemorenomore, an Australian stallion who has had only four runners here, all with ability and two of them winning impressively of late, Honest Horse and Master Steed.