Aerovelocity Wins 2014 Hong Kong Sprint

December 15th, 2014

Unable to find ideal running position from jump, talented Australian veteran Buffering has faded late to finish sixth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin Racecourse over the weekend.

Australia's Buffering ran sixth in the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Australia’s Buffering ran sixth in the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jumping from the gates only fairly, Buffering was forced to take a position on the heels of clear favourite Aerovelocity who set a quick tempo down the back straight and rounding the bend.

Finding a clear racing line upon reaching the final straight, Buffering was unable to muster his trademark kick over the Hong Kong Sprint’s final 300m and was passed by several of his rivals; Aerovelocity maintaining to find the line first while fellow Hong Kong-based runner Peniophobia and Japanese raider Straight Girl claimed the minor places.

Hong Kong-based Australian hoop Zac Purton partnered Aerovelocity to success in the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint and revealed it was not all smooth sailing for the Pins gelding on the way to the impressive victory.

“He’s not the most straightforward ride and a furlong out he wanted to hang into the fence, but I managed to keep him off it,” Purton said.

“When they keep winning like he does you certainly don’t want to get off them.

“It’s not often in Hong Kong you get to stick with a horse this long.

Paul O’Sullivan (trainer) has been a long-time supporter of mine so it’s great to win for him.”

Paul O’Sullivan was understandably thrilled with Aerovelocity’s maiden victory at the highest level in the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint, revealing the six-year-old will remain in Hong Kong for at least the 2015 calendar.

“It’s a long time since we’ve had one as good as him, but when you do get one it can turn it all around,” he said.

“I imagine we’ll look to run him in Hong Kong for the foreseeable future.”

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