There wasn’t much to recommend international sale griffin (ISG) Gorgeous Again from his barrier trials but the son of Fastnet Rock did enough behind Fairy Twins on Sunday to say that he has a future.
There are plenty of current crop international sale horses showing some promise, both raced and unraced, and Gorgeous Again is added to that list but probably not over a short sprint course.
He got back from an outside draw and ran on in a race where the sectional times were very strong generally, taking a couple of lengths off very promising Fairy Twins down the straight and recording the second-best last 400m in the race – behind Victor Emperor – and the third best all day.
This from a horse having his first start in a race and who it seems will be much better suited when he steps out over more ground, being out of a Galileo mare.
Danny Shum Chap-shing has the challenge, coming off a big season last year, of trying to find new stock to give him a boost again this term but Gorgeous Again looks a likely candidate.
There were plenty of unlucky horses on the day from which to expect more next time but we liked an eye-catcher in the final race, the former Sydney horse, Winnie’s Honey.
As a three-year-old called Omeros, he was fairly lightly-raced in Australia but did win a good quality 2000m race at Rosehill beating some horses who have gone on to show that as worthy Group form.
He arrived here as a Derby hopeful but it all came too soon for him and, with some time now to start to acclimatize, he showed the benefits on Sunday at his first run dropping down to Class Three.
Another to get a long way back from a wide gate, Winnie’s Honey made his finish from last up the inside in the straight and, while not exactly held up, he did have to duck and dive a little.
But he still was another to post a superior finishing section, the day’s fifth-best despite carrying 131 pounds, the top weight in the race.