Snapped up for Hong Kong

Pearson Square, pictured cruising home on debut at Ruakaka.

Pearson Square, pictured cruising home on debut at Ruakaka.

Pearson Square’s outstanding debut victory at Ruakaka didn’t go unnoticed on foreign shores.

The Tony Pike-trained three-year-old crossed the field to lead from the outside gate and jockey Vinnie Colgan had an easy time thereafter with his mount cruising to a three and a half-length win.

That first-up success set Pearson Square on a path to next month’s Gr.1 Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas, but Riccarton is now off the table following the gelding’s sale to Hong Kong interests in a deal brokered by bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo.

“I’ve been watching him for a while at the trials and I am a big fan of the Roc de Cambes,” said Cataldo. “I’d just been waiting for him to run and like everybody else I was really impressed with him at Ruakaka.”

The style of Pearson Square’s victory also turned the head of the handicapper in Hong Kong.

“It was quite surprising that he gave him a rating of 70, normally they need to win a couple of races to get that,” said Cataldo.

“He won’t race here again. He’ll be going to the spelling farm this week until he goes to Hong Kong where he’ll be trained by David Hall. He’ll probably go up there in six or eight weeks.”

Pearson Square will enjoy a break at Lammermoor Farm, the property of Cambridge veterinarian Murray Brightwell.

“He’s the type of horse that as a four-year-old he will probably be at his best so hopefully he’ll develop into a Derby horse for them,” said Cataldo.

“David Hall said if I ever saw the right horse to let him know and he was pretty pleased when He’s Our Rokkii came out and won the Toorak Handicap.”

Like Pearson Square, the New Zealand-bred He’s Our Rokkii is a son of The Oaks Stud resident Roc de Cambes.

– NZ Racing Desk.