Hong Kong trainer John Size is contemplating a Group 1 start for his up-and-coming star My Darling.
The Mossman gelding improved his record to 4 wins from 7 starts under Joao Moreira at Sha Tin on Tuesday. “A Class Two win is always pretty good as a four-year-old,” Size said after the Chek Keng Hcp (1400m). “They’re hard to get and his pedigree says he can run a mile.”
The Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile, worth AUD 1.80 million, is scheduled for January 22. It’s the first of a three-leg series followed by the HK Classic Cup (1800m) in February and HK Derby (2000m) in March
“My Darling is worth his place in the Classic Mile,” Moreira declared. “He’s a classy horse and I think he will handle a mile.
“He’s strong, mature and experienced. If I was John, I would run him. And it wouldn’t surprise me if he went and won it.”
My Darling (4g Mossman – Syrian Bride by Golan) was a $26,000 buy for trainer John Thompson at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale. Initially registered as Caifu, he won a Randwick juvenile trial that caught the eye of Size and owner Hugo Hui Kwan Wah.
There was interest from several agents seeking to secure a horse bred to get over ground in Hong Kong. His dam is a sister to Group 1 Victoria Derby winner Kibbutz.
Vinery sire Mossman has 10 yearlings entered for the Gold Coast Magic Millions commencing on January 11. One of the highlights is the sister to Group 1 Coolmore Classic winner Plucky Belle (Lot 575).