Spalato beats only two home
Singapore's Spalato went with the pace after jumping from a wide barrier yesterday but, like his lead-up race in the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint three weeks ago, did not show the kick which took him to six consecutive victories back home.
Spalato finished 12th in the field of 14 in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, seven and a quarter lengths behind the winner Aerovelocity.
Trainer John O'Hara said that jockey Manoel Nunes reported that Spalato did not handle the firm track.
"Nunes said the track was a bit hard for him. He didn't like it. We don't get such a hard track in Singapore," he said.
"He was well up until the straight. When he pressed the button, he switched legs and didn't appreciate the firm ground."
Nunes said Spalato jumped well and put himself up with the pace.
"But, at the top of the straight, when I pushed the button, he was one-paced. The track was a bit fast for him and I think he is better than that."