Bee flies to top of the class of '22
Caspar Fownes-trained Killer Bee moved to the top of our list of next season's top 4yos in Hong Kong, with another impressive all-round performance to dispatch a Class 3 on Sunday.
The son of Savabeel did everything you need to do to post a strong rating - he ran sound overall time, his sectionals ranked highly on the day, he carried a top weight and he won with authority.
That all amounted to a 94 on our scale, putting him at the top of our rankings for the horses which will be 4yos in the new year.
What remains to be seen from Killer Bee is that he is able to stretch out in distance, as Fownes has kept him down to short sprints so far but that's a bridge that he can cross next season, as there is plenty of time.
Sunday's win likely assures Killer Bee of a start in the Classic Mile already, provided he remains sound and he looks the horse to beat, but it's a hefty 7 months out from the race and it goes without saying that much can happen.
The other Fownes-trained horse we expected to make a claim on the Classic Mile on Sunday was War Weapon but we have to overlook his failure. Caught wide and much closer to the lead than expected, he was unable to produce his best.
The current cut off rating for our list is 85 and we'll update it regularly.