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Little Giant Stands Tall In Sha Tin Vase
A horse who could have been bought for $55,000 as a yearling at Karaka produced a high-class sprinting display to win Sunday’s HK$3.25 million Gr3 Sha Tin Vase (1200m) in Hong Kong. Carrying a testing weight of 60 kilograms, Little Giant (NZ) (Swiss Ace) settled in sixth place among a nine-horse field before exploding into contention in the home straight. He took the lead inside the last 200 metres and went to the finish line three-quarters of a length in front, clocking 1:08.82 for the 1200 metres. Little Giant has now had 12 starts for six wins and three placings, including a third in the Gr1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m), and has now earned more than HK$8.3 million in prize-money for owners the Wizard Syndicate. That is the equivalent of NZ$1.62 million, which is more than 29 times his reserve at the 2014 Select Sale. Little Giant began his career in New Zealand with Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta. Racing under the name Blackcrown, he made two appearances and won impressively on both occasions. David Hall, who took over the training of Little Giant in Hong Kong, will now aim him at the Gr1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) in December – a race in which he finished fourth last year.