9th April 2017
Price Bloodstock was back amongst the winners at Sha Tin on Sunday as a promising newcomer stepped up to overcome his shyness and make a winning debut.
Chris So has formed a strong partnership with Price Bloodstock since he took up training and he produced Sight Leader for a narrow first-up win down the straight 1,000m.
Sight Leader had trialled well twice in Melbourne, under the name Sith Efricun, and several times in Hong Kong and his talent was well known as the three-year-old was sent out a short-priced favourite for his debut, even if champion jockey Joao Moreira had some doubts.
“I wasn’t sure if he could win because he is so green and immature,” Moreira said afterwards. “He shies at other horses and makes a few mistakes but I did know he had ability. It was just whether he was ready to put it together – I thought he would run well and gain from the experience but wasn’t sure whether he could win and he only just got there. But he did win and that must be a good sign for his future because he is going to learn a lot from that. Like his trials, the best part was his last 200m, finishing the race strongly. They’re going to have some fun with him.”