At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Mr Stunning (Exceed And Excel-With Fervour, by Dayjur) lived up to his name when unleashing a brilliant sprint to win the HK$4 million Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m), defeating Amazing Kids & D B Pin. Purchased by Magnus Equine for $250,000 from the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Lyndhurst Stud, Mr Stunning improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Premier Bowl & Gr2 HKJC Sprint Cup) and 3 placings (including the HKJC Chairman’s Sprint Prize) from 15 starts for HK$16,478,600 in earnings.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a Group race success when 5YO by gelding Mr Stunning (Exceed And Excel-With Fervour, by Dayjur) maintained his perfect second-up record when defying top weight of 60kg to score a strong 0.5 length win in the HK$4 million Gr2 Premier Bowl (1200m), defeating Lucky Bubbles & Amazing Kids. Purchased by Magnus Equine for $250,000 from the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Lyndhurst Stud, Mr Stunning improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 HKJC Sprint Cup) and 3 placings (including the HKJC Chairman’s Sprint Prize) from 14 starts for HK$14,198,600 in earnings.
John Size may be forced to look further afield with his New Zealand-bred sprinter Amazing Kids (Falkirk-Cadence, by Rhythm), reports NZ Racing Desk. Size produced the 5YO, who as Cousin Colin was a juvenile winner for Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta, for a barnstorming win in the Gr3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy Handicap at Sha Tin on Sunday. Size said the Gr2 Centenary Sprint Cup on 30 January would be the next port of call for Amazing Kids, but that limited options between then and the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize in May could force him to look at overseas options. "I spoke to the owner last week and, provided he's fit and well, we will look at the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai. They've extended it from 1000m to 1200m and it would be a good race for him, I think." He added: "He's shown that he can accelerate well down the straight and nothing really fazes him so he would be the right type of horse to travel."
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, multiple Gr2 & Gr3-winning Windsor Park Stud stallion Falkirk (Tale Of The Cat-Madam Valeta, by Palace Music) added a Group success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Amazing Kids (Falkirk-Cadence, by Rhythm) pulled clear over the concluding stages to score a comfortable 1.5 length win for trainer John Size in the HK$3 million Gr3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1000m) for 3YO+, over 6YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) & 6YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion). Amazing Kids advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) and 8 placings (including the Gr2 HKJC Sprint Cup) from 19 starts for NZ$2,361,916 earnings.
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, Australia's Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-2008 and Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Lucky Bubbles (Sebring-Bubble Below, by Hussonet) scored by 2-lengths for trainer Francis Lui in the HK$4 million Gr2 The Sprint Cup (1200m), over 4YO NZ-bred gelding Amazing Kids (Falkirk-Cadence, by Rhythm) & 5YO NZ-bred gelding packing Pins (Pins-Splashing Out, by O'Reilly). This was the first stakes victory for the progressive Lucky Bubbles who advanced his record to 6 wins and 3 placings from 12 starts for $1,465,675 earnings. “For a little horse he just covers so much ground. That’s probably why he’s so good – his stride is so much longer than other horses," jockey Brett Prebble said. “He was just gone, he was awesome. I’ve been very fortunate to ride some very good sprinters in my time and he’s coming along, I’ll tell you. For a young horse, the way he does it, he does it at the front end and then he shows that turn of foot at the back end. It’s hard for them to do that at both ends of the race.” Lucky Bubbles, who was a $90,000 purchase at the 2103 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, will have a month's break before contesting the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on 1 May.