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Little Giant DJHLittle Giant Steps into Class 1 in Hong Kong

The highly talented Little Giant will make his first appearance in Class 1 in Hong Kong on Saturday when he contests the HK$2,625,000 The Panasonic Cup over 1400m. Trained by David Hall, Little Giant boasts a near perfect career record having won 5 of his 6 starts, and the manner in which he returned to the track in the Beijing Handicap on 1 October suggested he is in for a big season, treating his rivals with absolute contempt when winning by 1.5 lengths with his ears pricked in a very sharp 1:08.81 for the 1200m.

The son of Swiss Ace had suffered from niggly problems during his first 18 months in the colony resulting in just four starts over the past 18 months, but Hall appears to have the horse in excellent shape now and Little Giant looks assured of making up for lost time in the months ahead. Owned by the Wizard Syndicate, Little Giant has been ridden by leading rider Zac Purton in each of his four starts in Hong Kong and Purton will continue his association with the gelding when he steps out in The Panasonic Cup.

Little Giant raced as Blackcrown in New Zealand and was unbeaten in his first two starts for Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta. No one could have imagined that a lowly $7,000 maiden race at Wairarapa back in January 2016 would have uncovered two such talented gallopers with Blackcrown (Little Giant) winning on debut from a then unknown Teofilo gelding named Humidor!

Little Giant is out of the More Than Ready mare Princess Carolina, making him a brother to the stakes winner Top Prospect and a half-brother to the Group 2 placed Charlestown who was also trained by Latta. Princess Carolina is a sister to the stakes placed Readyforcatherine (dam of NZ 2000 Guineas winner Atlante) and has a full brother to Little Giant heading to Karaka in January, while she has foaled another colt by Swiss Ace in 2018.

Pictured: David Hall with Little Giant

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