Aethero new spring star

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express -

Hong Kong – Hong Kong’s lat­est sprint sen­sa­tion Aethero was per­haps des­tined to be a gi­ant – in ev­ery sense – of the race­track even be­fore his race de­but at Sha Tin in April this year.

Gi­ant he will be, in per­for­mance level as well as physique, if he be­comes the first three­year-old to win the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint on Sun­day, 8 De­cem­ber.

The signs were there to sug­gest that Aethero might be some­thing spe­cial.

That he’s con­firmed, win­ning the Jockey Club Sprint in 1min 07.58sec, just eight hun­dredths of a sec­ond out­side Sa­cred King­dom’s mark set on the same day 12 years ear­lier, one race on from bet­ter­ing Sa­cred King­dom’s 1000m track record with a 54.69sec sizzle down the straight course.

How­ever, it goes back even fur­ther than that ac­cord­ing to his breeder Linda Monds who, in 2014 with hus­band Lau­rence, pur­chased the Tyreel Stud which had been owned and run by the Flem­ing fam­ily.

Pa­tri­arch Jim Flem­ing bred the Hong Kong cham­pion of the mid-1990’s Mr Vi­tal­ity, while his son Dean bred Sin­ga­pore sprint cham­pion Rocket Man who was de­nied by just a short-head (by Piere Stry­dom on JJ The Jet Plane) in the 2010 Hong Kong Sprint. –

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