16 January 2022

Price Bloodstock was again to the fore at Sha Tin on Sunday as Sight Spirit tossed out his claims to a Classic Mile start and lightly-raced En Pointe made it third time lucky as he broke his maiden.

Frankie Lor-trained En Pointe had not had things happen quite the right way in his first two races, when he started favourite and ran well but without winning.

Punters kept their faith with Joao Moreira jumping aboard, however, sent him out favourite again and were rewarded.

“I think he’s a nice horse. He was good in two runs at 1200m but the step up to 1400m today suited him better and I think he will get a mile in the future,” Lor said.

But it was another hollow victory from Sight Spirit that really took the prize for Price Bloodstock runners, as the four-year-old landed his third successive win by a good margin and his handicap rise from the victory could put him into the right zone to get a start against the best of his age group.

“Let’s take stock tomorrow and have a look at it and see what the handicapper does and we’ll decide to see where he goes then,” said trainer John Size.

Moreira jumped Sight Spirit quickly from a wide draw and pushed forward to be dropped in behind the leader early and the son of Toronado took advantage of a perfect run to clear out despite running about in the final 200m. It was one more box ticked for the classic races at Sight Spirit’s first attempt over 1600m.

“I was asked before the race if this horse should be considered for the Classic series and I kind of indicated that, because the more ground he steps to he was going to appreciate it even more and he showed that,” Moreira said. “He did win with a lot of and he feels that he will appreciate even more ground.”

Size said there gelding was open to more improvement when his behaviour in the straight is examined.

“He’s a little bit green in the finish of the race, which is probably the most notable thing apart from the ease of his win. He won pretty easily at the same time, so he probably needs some company to go up to the winning post with him and keep his focus, and I’m sure he’ll get that as he goes up in class,” Size said.