The Tony Millard-trained Attention deserves plenty of it after an impressive Hong Kong debut at Sha Tin on Sunday and he is definitely one to stick with going forward.
The gelding enjoyed a good career in Australia when trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, winning at Group Two and Group Three level, while also being beaten less than a length by Black Heart Bart when he captured his fifth Group One in the Futurity Stakes in February 2017.
His form tailed off in his last Australian campaign, which meant he arrived in Hong Kong on a rating of 80, a challenging mark for a horse whose best form was seemingly behind him.
But Attention’s three trials suggested he had found a new lease of life at Sha Tin and his effort on Sunday in the Class Three Opal Handicap (1,200m) confirmed it.
Apprentice Victor Wong Chun eased the four-year-old back from the outside gate, but he wasn’t able to slot in and was trapped three-deep throughout.
Despite covering extra ground, he still had something to offer in the straight and loomed up to win with 100m to go before feeling the pinch, eventually finishing third behind Star Shine and Prince Harmony.
Attention clocked 22.61 seconds for his final 400m sectional, the fastest of the race, and he is going to take plenty of improvement from his first run in more than seven months.
His two previous wins came over 1,350m and 1,400m, so he should be even better suited over more ground.
Another horse who didn’t have much luck in the same race was the Derek Cruz-trained Mr Wealth.
The four-year-old was last rounding the home turn but jockey Matthew Chadwick struggled to find clear running in the straight and was held up for over 100m, meaning he wasn’t fully tested.
But when Mr Wealth did get out, he hit the line nicely, showing plenty of improvement from his first run in Hong Kong.
The gelding won three races in England last year before making the move, with two of those coming over a mile.
Given that history, Mr Wealth is one to follow as he steps up in trip.