Purchased for the Hong Kong Kong Jockey Club at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the unbeaten Starcraft gelding Jing Jing Win, who topped the HKJC International Sale earlier this year, was in the winners circle on Sunday at Sha Tin.
Prepared by David Hall, Jing Jing Win fetched HK$8.5 million ($A1,455,479) when sold again this year and looks to be worth the money judging by impressive wins at his only two starts to date.
Jing Jing Win raced away to win by nearly three lengths over 1200 metres as a red hot favourite.
Brilliant at the 1200 metres, Hall may look to extend that speed over further as his career unfolds.
“Of course you can never run away from that word (Derby) in this town,” Hall said.
“But for me, it’s not a word that even comes into play with this type of horse. He doesn’t give me any inclination that he is a Derby style of horse.
“He has an enormous amount of talent and he does things very easily, whatever he does – but whether you can stretch him to 2,000m, well, it’s a long way away. You might think you can do it in his four-year-old year because the others aren’t as good at that time, but then again, with a horse like Pakistan Star, and others to come, it might be an incredible race. We’ve got a lot to learn about the horse as well.”
A $360,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Arrowfield draft, Jing Jing Win is a full brother to Group III winning sprinter Havana being from the Anabaa (USA) mare Top Cuban.