17 May 2020
Stratheden bred Inner Flame (Zoustar - Assertive Sound) scored another win at Sha Tin today, leading all the way over 1200m taking his record to 4 wins from 5 starts.
Hong Kong Success for Zoustar 3YO
By Tara Madgwick
Talented Zoustar three year-old Inner Flame made it four wins from five starts when he saluted at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Trained by Douglas Whyte and ridden by Joao Moreira, Inner Flamehad a tough run after drawing wide, but was strong to the line to win the 1200 metre Class 3 handicap by half a length as favourite.
Inner Flame won his first three races before suffering a reversal last time out, but came back from a two-month break with a tenacious win.
'He did that the hard way, which he had to do from that gate (11); he was attacked early and he had to hold on and fight, with horses coming at him at the end, only good horses can do what he's done,' Moreira said.
'I'm very pleased to be sitting on such a nice horse for the Douglas Whyte stable. Douglas' patience has paid off, he was going to run him another day but decided to wait and I really think that patience was the key to this horse being able to come back and win again. He's a nice horse with a bright future.'
A $55,000 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale purchase from the Riversdale draft for Horse Ventures and is one of six winners from good producer Assertive Sound, a full sister to Group I winners Assertive Lad and Assertive Lass, the dam of Group I winning sire Reset.
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