It would hardly be imaginative to put an even bigger flashing light on Pakistan Star than there is already but for a black booker it won’t be unreasonable to try the next best thing and put a tail on two horses who ran behind him on Sunday.
Running second to a good horse does not make another one a good horse but Marvel Hero has now run his best two races in defeats behind Dr Listening in July and now Pakistan Star.
The Caspar Fownes-trained gelding did manage to win a race last season, arriving late to beat Joyful Moments under a light weight over 1,400m, but these last two outings giving poundage away to two promising horses and giving all in defeat have lifted him to a better level.
He might not have the scope of the ones who have defeated him but he is hot to trot right now and his turn to win a race again should come in his next start or two. Marvel Hero has run well up to a mile so that should give Fownes a couple of options.
Further back in the field, it was hard to miss Citron Spirit finishing on into fifth at his first run for Ricky Yiu Poon-fai and he is another worth following.
Citron Spirit hadn’t really got going in the Fownes yard at seven local starts, but that may have been acclimatisation and his two barrier trials this preparation showed him in a better light which was repeated in the race.
Rearward, but in front of Pakistan Star approaching the home straight, Citron Spirit didn’t pull out early enough for a clear run and had to wait, briefly, while the green and white bullet shot past.
Once Karis Teetan got him out in the winner’s wake, Citron Spirit let down well to find the line in the third-best sectional of the race and it probably should have been the second fastest had he not been blocked.
Citron Spirit had Group form in Europe as a two-year-old, albeit the kind of form that is usually questionable here but off a rating in the middle of Class Three he should be able to find a race to suit shortly.