After 12 months on the sidelines, former Kiwi galloper Little Giant made a long awaited return to the track at Sha Tin on Monday, cruising to victory over 1200m.
The Swiss Ace gelding has suffered foot issues and had only raced in Hong Kong on three prior occasions for two wins.
However, the he patience shown by his connections paid off on Monday.
“When [Little Giant] came and delivered first time out like he did and with [Humidor] doing what he’s done, he’s had a lot of hype about him,” trainer David Hall told the SCMP.
“Hopefully the foot problems are behind him now and we’ll have a serious think about what we can do.
“I’m still not sure what his peak distance will be, obviously he can sprint like that over 1200m and I’m sure he can get to 1400m and he might have a mile distance in him.
“Where we go from here I don’t know, we had to get him back to the track.
“With 12 months off it’s hard to get them to go and win first time, especially like that, but he progressed with each trial and we knew he had the talent but you’ve got to go do it I suppose after such a long time off.”
Little Giant raced as Blackcrown in New Zealand when trained by Lisa Latta and boasts a win over subsequent multiple Group One winner Humidor in a Tauherenikau maiden.