Band Of Brothers, registered his second straight win at the Sha Tin 1400 metres and his second from just three starts in Hong Kong after being sourced in New Zealand.
“He is a promising type of horse and he’ll get further than this. We’ll probably go to 1600 (metres) next time and he’ll be up to Class 3 but he’ll drop in weight with that rise in grade and he won well today. He copped a bit of a buffeting and overcame that,” trainer Paul O’Sullivan said.
The aptly named four-year-old son of Sakhee’s Secret began his training with O’Sullivan’s brother Lance, in New Zealand, as many of his stablemates have done. “He didn’t go through a yearling sale so I’m not sure what happened there. Something must have gone wrong. So they gave him to Lance to prepare him with a view to selling.
“I saw him last July and really liked him. He won his one trial over there very easily. Have a good look at him, he’s a smashing type and fortunately I had a group of owners here with a PPG permit so we were able to secure him,” O’Sullivan said.
The gelding, who is raced by the Z Power Syndicate and was ridden by champion jockey Zac Purton who’d finished second in the opening two races, was likely to have a further two or three runs this season according to his trainer.
“Probably three more runs, I’d think. Six starts is generally enough for them in their first season so I wouldn’t push him beyond that. He’s a nice horse and I hope you’re talking to me, about him, later in his career,” he said. -HKJC