Impressive Bendigo maiden winner It's Meant To Be looks set to find a new home overseas.
Trained at Mornington by Shane Nicholls, It's Meant To Be blew away its rivals in Thursday's Bendigo Mazda Maiden Plate (1100m), winning by four lengths in a slick time of 1:03.23.
It's likely to be the last time we see the son of Danerich on Australian soil.
"This horse was originally trialed up to go to Hong Kong because he's 50 per cent Hong Kong owned,'' Nicholls said.
"Chances are he'll be 100 per cent Hong Kong owned and learning to speak Chinese in the next little while.
"He's got to pass vetting and that sort of thing, but the likelihood is he'll go to Hong Kong."
It's Meant To Be jumped straight to the front on Thursday and never looked like being headed.
"We were hoping to get something to trial up, but he begins very well and travelled really sweet,'' Nicholls said.
"He had control of the race all the way and was too strong late. It was an impressive win."
Winning jockey Luke Currie was full of praise for the lightly-raced four-year-old.
"It was very straightforward. He cruised over and led them, had a look around in the straight, but was always well in control,'' Currie said.
It Was Meant To Be's win was the first leg of a winning double for Currie.
In the following event he partnered the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Whykayoh to an all-the-way win in the McCaig Air Conditioning Maiden Plate (1300m).
Popular hoop John Allen also enjoyed a winning double.
Allen had quaddie punters cheering when he lifted odds-on favourite Bowing over the line in race five.
The Mitch Freedman-trained galloper was heavily supported into $1.50 favourite and saluted despite a late charge from Rebel Romance ($3.40).
Allen's second winner of the day bought up a double for the Michael and Luke Cerchi training combination.
Allen rode Pritchett to victory in the final event of the day - the Roll The Dice Benchmark 58 Handicap (1400m).
Earlier in the day, the Cerchi-trained Eaton stormed home down the middle of the track to win the bet365 Benchmark 58 Handicap (2200m).
It was Eaton's second win at Bendigo this preparation.
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