Bad Boy Pakistan Star Makes Good in Hong Kong
Pakistan Star recorded his second G1 victory with an impressive one-and-three-quarters length victory in the Standard Charter Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin.
The talented son of Shamardal was settled second through the early stages of the race, as stablemate Exultant (by Teofilo) led the field of five through moderate early fractions. As the field entered the home straight, Pakistan Star moved up to challenge for the lead. The five-year-old then pulled clear in the final furlong to win easily.
Pakistan Star continues rise with Champions & Chater Cup triumph. @AndrewNJHawkins has the fall-out from the final G1 of the Hong Kong season https://t.co/W8a3W31J5s @TommyBerry21 #HKRacing pic.twitter.com/DDhOfiUqSu
— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) May 27, 2018
Exultant held on well for second, with Gold Mount finishing third, completing a 1-2-3 sweep for trainer Tony Cruz.
Bred by Gestut Wittekindshof, Pakistan Star is out of the multiple Stakes winner Nina Celebre, whose dam, Next Gina, captured the G1 German Oaks.
Shamardal is the sire of 118 individual Stakes winners including 19 G1 winners. In addition to Pakistan Star, he is also the sire of 2018 Epsom Derby hopeful Hazapour, recent winner of the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.
The Jockey Club paid €180,000 for the youngster with a view to on-selling him at the Hong Kong International Sale. But at the 2016 Hong Kong International breeze-up in March 2016, Lot 14 caused a stir for the first time, for all the wrong reasons. When it came time to gallop in front of prospective buyers the gelding stopped and refused to move past the 1,400m mark before handlers were forced to chase the reluctant participant along.
In 2017, Tony Cruz surprised many when he entered Pakistan Star for the Group Three Premier Plate on June 25 for what would be the four-year-old’s 10th run of the season, but that surprise had nothing for the shock that was in store on race day.
Facing just four rivals, Pakistan Star was 1.2 favourite. As Pakistan Star settled last, he made world headlines once again.