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The future is decided for Pakistan Star

Steve Bennett in News 4 Dec 2019
Pakistan Star headed abroad

The future of dual Group One winner Pakistan Star is now set and the decision has been made to retire him from the Hong Kong racing scene.

His racing future will now be continued on Arab soil as he heads to Dubai.

Owner Kerm Din is expected to make the decision official later this week by lodging the necessary paperwork with the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).  

The Shamardal gelding’s performance in the Group Two Jockey Club Sprint led Din to making this decision when the horse simply stopped running after the first 100 metres of the race.

A frustrated Tommy Berry was left to walk the horse back to scale, leaving his racing future up in the air.


The South China Morning Post reports that American trainer Doug Watson has been singled out as the most likely candidate to take over the duties of the horse’s future.

Pakistan Star hit the headlines early in his career with an incredible last-to-first victory on debut in a Class 3 event at Sha Tin back in September 2016.

Blowing the start, he was tailed off, spotting the leader more than 10 lengths at one stage.

Then in the run home, he showed a sensational turn of foot and came down the middle of the track like there was no tomorrow, winning by more than a length going away from them.



It was then Hong Kong knew they had a special horse on their hands.

He then went on to finish second in the Group One QEII Cup (2000m).

One year later, he lined up in 2018 QEII Cup and went one better, putting three lengths on the field.

Then at his very next start, he took out the Group One Chater Cup (2400m) with Tommy Berry aboard. 


Pakistan Star - winning the Chater Cup with Tommy Berry aboard

That was to be his last victory on Hong Kong soil, although he did win several barrier trials after that, including a victory over Waikuku (currently second favourite for Sunday’s Group One Hong Kong Mile), and Furore who is favourite to take out this weekend’s Group One Hong Kong Cup.

Alas, it was his refusal to run at his last race that has paved the way for a new path and it will be a new life abroad for the seven-year-old.

He finishes his Hong Kong career with five wins from 27 starts and two Group One victories to his name.


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