Trade Fair’s international star Packing Whiz has always looked a Group 1 galloper in the making and he will get a chance to realise that potential in the HKJC Champions Mile at Sha Tin on May 5.
Packing Whiz (Ire) booked a berth in the Champions Mile with an emphatic victory in the G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) on Sunday. Settling at the tail of the field, the Caspar Fownes trained gelding unleashed a telling burst of speed in the straight to defeat his former stablemate Dan Excel by over a length.
“It’s nice to see him win first-up for us,” Fownes said. “He doesn’t show a lot at trackwork – he’s just does his own thing. He looks after himself in the morning and doesn’t give you any inkling that he’s a Group 1 performer.”
Packing Whiz (5g Trade Fair – Swizzle by Efisio) cost just 6,500 pounds at the 2009 Doncaster September yearling sale but his valued sky-rocketed after winning the 2011 Italian 2000 Guineas for owners Scuderia Colle Papa. He initially raced under the name Al Rep before a transferring to John Moore’s yard in Hong Kong.
“He had some issues with John but he’s pleased me,” Fownes added. “We’re looking forward to taking on Glorious Days in the Champions Mile.”
Trade Fair (Zafonic) shuttled to Western Australia for the first time in 2006 and is now permanently based at Alwyn Park Stud. He has sired 35 winners of 80 races in Australia and stood for a $4,950 (inc gst) fee at the Serpentine property in 2012.