Husson sprinter Looks Like The Cat will be set for feature races in Hong Kong after he resumes in the Beijing Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin on Thursday.
The Caspar Fownes trained sprinter shook off the cobwebs following a five-month spell with a dominant trial win last Tuesday. He was unplaced behind Go Baby Go on debut in Hong Kong in May.
Looks Like The Cat was trained by Tony Gollan for black-type placings in the G1 J J Atkins Stakes, G2 Qld Sires’ Produce Stakes and G2 Champagne Classic during last year’s winter carnival.
The son of Vinery sire Husson (Arg) was also placed in G2 VRC Danehill Stakes and G3 Caufield Guineas Prelude as a spring three year-old before connections accepted a bid on behalf of the Hong Kong based Hi-Five Syndicate.
“He was potentially the best horse I’ve ever put a saddle on,” Gollan said after the sale was finalised. “It’s hard to compete against the money being offered and it’s easy to see why an owner would cash in.”
Looks Like The Cat was originally raced by River Junction Farm owner Troy Schmidt and he has the gelding’s yearling sister by Husson back at his property in Gympie. Their dam Fiery Dee (Fraar) is a half-sister to Silent Surround (G3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes).
The Aussie expat has drawn favourably with Brett Prebble aboard in Race 10 on Thursday. He only has to run up to his Australian form to be competitive against a very strong field of sprinters that includes Go Baby Go and Vinery graduate Eroico.
Husson (Arg) stands at Vinery for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee. He also has Ballarat winner Pay Up Bro on trial for a classic campaign in the LR UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on Sunday.