CHRIS Waller-trained superstar Comin’ Through has landed safely in Hong Kong overnight ahead of his tilt at the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) in just over a week’s time.
Arriving at Sha Tin Racecourse on November 27, the five-year-old gelding is looking to overturn a poor run of recent form lately which has seen the horse finish inside the first half of the field just once in his last four runs.
Comin’ Through ($41 at online bookmaker BetEasy) is the longest priced runner remaining in the Hong Kong Mile field, which is headed by defending champion Beauty Generation at the $1.90 quote.
Chris Waller Racing Manager Charlie Duckworth told Racing.com that Hong Kong might not be the only spot outside Australia that Comin’ Through visits.
“Obviously with Criterion being his half-brother it is nice that both horses have had enough class to go to Hong Kong for Sir Owen.
“With the current restrictions in Hong Kong it makes the decision to go a little bit harder as you are taking him out of the autumn in Australia.
“So you have to make sure you are sending the right horse and we believe we are.
“Depending on how he runs in Hong Kong we will have a look at where we go from there but it is an opportunity for him to go globe-trotting.”
Comin’ Through visits Hong Kong following a disappointing 11th placed finish in the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) on Stakes Day, but jockey Michael Walker – who retains the ride on the gelding in the HK Mile – believes things could have been different on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“People might look at his form and think ‘does it warrant’?
“But his last run at Flemington (Cantala Stakes) he would have been right in the finish if he didn’t get knocked over.
“He’s a fit horse, but with the travel coming up he wouldn’t have done much which is great because he’s better on the fresh side.
“I’m just thinking a change of environment will give him the rush of blood to get up and going.”
Despite the long price, Walker isn’t ruling a shock victory for Comin’ Through.
“I think a horse of his calibre and ability is worthy and when he turns up he’s right there with them,” he said.
“When he’s on song he beats the best milers going around.”
WATCH BELOW: Comin’ Through wins the 2018 Group 1 Doomben Cup