Former Hong Kong galloper Hypurr kicks off the final chapter of their career this Saturday when they make their down under debut for new trainer Joseph Pride in the 2012 Razor Sharp Handicap at Warwick Farm’s Villiers Stakes Day.
The Aussie-bred Fastnet Rock six-year-old is only lightly raced for their age having run 16 times for six wins, most notably the Group 3 Premier Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin in June of 2011, under previous trainer John Size in Hong Kong where they raced as Sichuan Success.
They are now with Pride in Sydney and will run for the first time in Australia in the $100,000 Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m), a much easier assignment than the elite level races in Hong Kong they contested at the start of the year.
Drawn in barrier six Hypurr, last seen running eighth to Lucky Nine in the Group 1 The Queen’s Silver Jubliee Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin on March 4, is one of 11 hopefuls in this year’s Razor Sharp Handicap field.
The second heaviest weighted with 57.5kg trailing only Rick Worthington’s resuming Group 2 champ Whitefriars (61.5kg), Hypurr is rated a $13 chance as one of the early market movers in the Razor Sharp Handicap odds.
Markets are led by Whitefriars ($4.60) and the Chris Waller-trained River De Lago ($4.80).
Fifth to Able One in last year’s Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) when beaten only two and a half lengths, Hypurr indicted to Pride that they were ready for their maiden Aussie start with a good barrier trial performance when third at Warwick farm last Friday.
“I think he’s a horse that will probably take a bit of racing and maybe need 1400 metres, but overall he’s a really nice horse,” Pride said.
“His trials have been good without being great and I’m pleased with him.”
Pride said that a promising few runs during the summer from Hypurr would see them book a spot in some better races during next year’s Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
“He’s not up at the right time of the year for a horse of his quality but if he can show something in a few of these summer sprints I would be aiming up at the autumn carnival and seeing what we can do there,” Pride said.
“He’s primarily a 1400 metre horse, or that’s what I think he is anyway.”
Pride will also be represented at Warwick Farm on Saturday in the day’s marquee event with known mudlark Racing Heart the $101 roughie of the $175,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) after their dead last in the Festival Stakes last start.
“He needs a wet track, that’s the bottom line,” Pride said of the former Robert Heathcote-trained gelding.
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