Nothingilikemore confirmed his rating as the most exciting young horse in Hong Kong on Sunday.
The unbeaten son of Vinery sire Husson (Arg) clobbered his rivals while completing a hat-trick in the Geranium Hcp (1400m) at Sha Tin.
Nothingilikemore (3g Husson – Katisam by Lonhro) has graduated to Class 2 company after just three starts for trainer John Size and jockey Joao Moreira. “It’s a quicker trip to that level than I would like but I guess we have to live with it,” said Size. “I’m not worried about the rating as much as putting up such big performances at a young age.
“It might look easy, but they’re racing against older horses and, as you climb the ladder, you run into some tough, experienced horses.”
Nothingilikemore has earned the equivalent of AUD 322,000 for the Happy Corner Syndicate since making $40,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic yearling sale. Size said how he copes will determine how busy the rest of his season will be.
“You need to be careful with three year-olds but he’s healthy, he’s sound and he’s done well. If there’s any doubt about how he’s handling things, I won’t push him. There’s plenty of racing ahead at four, five and six so there’s no hurry.”
The Hong Kong result has given Husson a perfect segue into next Saturday’s G1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill. His filly Frolic is currently quoted at $11 in pre-post markets for the $3.50 million event.
Frolic was a last-start winner of the G2 Reisling Stakes on a Heavy 9 at Randwick and her odds could tumble with more rain forecast for Sydney this week.