5th July 2020
Price Bloodstock product Perfect Pair was back in top form on Sunday at Sha Tin as he landed his third Sha Tin 1400m win in a style that even surprised his trainer.
Perfect Pair had won two races at the course and distance for Chris So last season but was only recently moved across to Jimmy Ting, looking for a change of luck, but it was a change of draw and the touch of Zac Purton that seemed to bring the best out of the gelding.
“Last time, he was very unlucky because the draw was too wide and the track was not good for him, it was very wet and he did not like it so he got beaten,” Ting said. “This time he got a very good draw and a good jockey, Zac Purton, so everything was fine and he won. I must say I was surprised that he won so easily, I thought he would win but not like that.”
Since his wins as a four-year-old, Perfect Pair had suffered some injury problems but Ting has been proving a master trainer at getting horses back to top condition in his brief career.
“This horse had not been getting the best results but I could see there was something there.” Ting said. “I like it when I am able to get those horses and get the results.
it is good fun training the horse differently to get him fit and then get the result, that is what the owners are looking for when they move a horse.”
The clear margin of victory will ensure that Perfect Pair moves back into Class 3 now but Ting was hopeful that he will cope.
“It will be tougher now and his wins have all come in Class 4 but he has run some good races in Class 3, so maybe he could be competitive with a light weight,” he said.