Pins’ outstanding son Aerovelocity showed his readiness for a return to racing with an impressive trial success at Sha Tin yesterday. In the hands of regular rider Zac Purton, the Paul O’Sullivan-trained multiple Group One winner bowled along in front in his 1000 metre heat on the all-weather track and they were never headed.
Aerovelocity is aiming to get back on track after an aborted second tilt at Japan’s Gr 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) in March. He suffered a bout of colic during that trip and his one outing since that health setback brought a below par eighth in the Gr 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin.
“He got a pass from Zac and that’s hard to get,” O’Sullivan said. “He’s still pretty big in condition, but he’s got another trial and then a couple of races leading into the international (Hong Kong Sprint). “He’s eight years old and anything from here on in will be a bonus. The plan is the Premier Bowl followed by the trial sprint in November and then the Hong Kong Sprint. It worked two years ago.”