The pre-race expectations were high but Salios might have exceeded them with a dominant performance in the G1 Futurity Stakes at Hanshin that confirmed the colt the new rising star of Japanese racing.
Master trainer Noriyuki Hori, the world’s best jockey Ryan Moore and the colours of Silk Racing mean that Salios is never going to be short of media attention but his 2.5 length victory will raise the level of hype around the unbeaten colt yet again.
Sent out even money favourite, Salios sat handy before being unleashed by Moore at the top of the straight. Although the youngster was slightly wayward around the tricky Hanshin bend and raced greenly upon hitting the front, once next to the rail and heading straight he showed just how much he had in hand against his rivals.
Moore gave a scary assessment of Salios, emphasising big colt’s considerable upside.
” He’s a big powerful colt and when I sat on him you get the impression that he’s very strong already, but he should improve and be even better as he gets older being the size that he is and hopefully he’ll carry on,” Moore said.