At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, champion 2YO colt & 4-time Gr1-winning former Darley shuttler Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO German-bred gelding Pakistan Star (Shamardal-Nina Celebre, by Peintre Celebre) finally lived up to his potential when racing away for a brilliant 3 length win in the HK$24 million Gr1 QEII Cup (2000m), defeating Gold Mount & Eagle Way. The enigmatic but richly talented Pakistan Star improved his record to 4 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr1 QEII Cup & Hong Kong Derby) from 15 starts for HK$29,956,200 in earnings. Trainer Tony Cruz was delighted with the win. "Today, he’s shown the public his true ability," trainer Tony Cruz said. "Last year he could have won it too, if the pace had been on. There have been so many complications along the way but this horse has proven he’s a Group 1 horse."
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, 5YO Irish-bred gelding Dinozzo (Lilbourne Lad-Nisriyna, by Intikhab) registered the first stakes win of his career when scoring a comfortable 3.5 length win in the HK$3 million Gr3 Centenary Vase (1800m), defeating Gold Mount & Eagle Way. Dinozzo, who began his racing career in Ireland, improved his record to 6 wins and 8 placings (including the Gr3 HKJC January Cup) from 20 starts for €1,006,788 in earnings.
Queensland Derby winner Ruthven (Domesday-Ruddigore, by Octagonal) has been sold and will continue his racing career out of the powerful John Moore stable in Hong Kong, reports AAP. Formerly trained by Ciaron Maher, Ruthven advanced his record to 3 wins from 10 starts when bonding to an emphatic 4 length victory in the $600,000 winter classic at Doomben last month. Moore seems to have an affinity with Queensland Derby performers with 2015 runner-up Werther going on to claim Hong Kong Horse of the Year honours, while 2016 QLD Derby winner Eagle Way is also making a name for himself in the former British colony with 2 wins, including the Gr3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup, and a last-start third behind Werther in the Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup.
The final nominees for 2016/17 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards have been announced. Winners of the Champion Awards will be announced at The Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards 2016/2017 presentation ceremony to be held on Friday, 14 July, at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. The Champion Awards Judging Panel has also decided to present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Able Friend and Aerovelocity, in recognition of their great contributions to Hong Kong racing. The finalists are:
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Tavistock (Montjeu-Upstage, by Quest For Fame) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Werther (Tavistock-Bagalollies, by Zabeel) bounded clear over the final 100 metres to score by 3 lengths for trainer John Moore and jockey Hugh Bowman in the final Gr1 race of the Hong Kong season – the HK$10 million Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup (2400m), defeating Blazing Speed (Dylan Thomas) & Eagle Way (More Than Ready). Werther, the reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year, advanced his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup Gr1 Hong Kong Derby & Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 South Australian Derby & Gr1 Queensland Derby) from 24 starts for $7,796,490 earnings.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a Group success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Eagle Way (More Than Ready-Wedgetail Eagle, by Lure) scored by 0.75 length for trainer John Moore in the Gr3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m), defeating Helene Charisma & Gold Mount. Eagle Way improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Queensland Derby) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes) from 19 starts for $1,339,659 in earnings. Eagle Way was a $200,000 weanling purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from the draft of Segenhoe Stud at 2014's Inglis Australian Weanling Sale. He is a half-brother to the stakes-winners Assertive Eagle, Impressive Eagle & Soaressa, herself the dam of dual Gr3 winner Thermal Current.
Queensland Derby winner Eagle Way made an auspicious start to his Hong Kong racing career when resuming with a strong win at Sha Tin on Sunday. Trainer John Moore said Eagle Way (More Than Ready-Wedgetail Eagle, by Lure) would follow the same path as reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther by targeting next season's Hong Kong Derby. Ridden by champion Australian jockey Hugh Bowman, the 4YO surged through a gap at the 200m mark to score by a head in the Class 2 Eishin Preston Handicap over 1600 metres. "He is just an out-and-out stayer this guy," Moore told the South China Morning Post. "The mile is a minimum requirement for him, and it was a great sign for him to run like that first-up." A $200,000 weanling purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from the draft of Segenhoe Stud at the 2014 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, Eagle Way is a half-brother to the stakes-winners Assertive Eagle, Impressive Eagle & Soaressa, herself the dam of dual Gr3 winner Thermal Current.
The Memsie Stakes kicks off the new Group 1 season in Australia tomorrow and Inglis graduates will be out to build on last season's tally of 20 Group 1 wins in Australia, offered for sale by 15 different vendors. Widden Stud was the leading vendor having offered Yankee Rose (ATC Sires' Produce Stakes), Prized Icon (ATC Champagne Stakes) and Vanbrugh (ATC Spring Champion Stakes). The trio all have big aims this spring including races such as the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate. Arrowfield Stud offered Abbey Marie and Howard Be Thy Name within 45 minutes of each other at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling and two years later they won the SAJC Australasian Oaks and South Australian Derby respectively. Other top flight winners included: Extreme Choice (Blue Diamond), Chautauqua (Lightning Stakes & TJ Smith Stakes), Delectation (Darley Classic), Eagle Way (QLD Derby), Fawkner (Makybe Diva Stakes), Jameka (VRC Oaks), Malaguerra (BTC Cup), Mongolian Khan (Caulfield Cup), and Politeness (Myer Classic). "Inglis graduates continue to exemplify the skill of Australian breeders both locally and internationally, which is testament to the high standards of young stock they breed, raise and sell," said Inglis' Managing Director Mark Webster. "We congratulate the breeders and vendors of the Inglis Group 1 winners over the past twelve months and everyone who supported Inglis' yearling sales in 2016. We wish all the best of luck in the upcoming breeding season and the 2016/17 racing season here and abroad."
Star sprinter Buffering claimed his fifth consecutive Queensland Horse of the Year title as former champion jockey Chris Munce was inducted into the Queensland Hall Of Fame at the Queensland Thoroughbred Awards held at Doomben racecourse on Saturday night. The achievements of 9YO marvel Buffering were celebrated following his international success in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai in March and his two domestic Group 1 victories in Melbourne and Perth. Buffering was voted Queensland Horse of the Year ahead of fellow Gr1 winners Miss Cover Girl and Eagle Way, and also received the honour of being voted 4YO and Older Horse of the Year. While Buffering again stole the show, Munce was one of four new inductees into the Queensland Hall of Fame. The former champion jockey was rewarded for his achievements in the saddle which includes being just one seven jockeys to claim Australian Racing's Grand Slam – the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate, Golden Slipper and Caulfield Cup. In the training ranks, Tony Gollan claimed the Trainer of the Year award in addition to winning the Queensland Metropolitan Trainers Premiership. Woodside Park's high profile stallion Written Tycoon was crowned Queensland Stallion of the Year as well as Champion 2YO Stallion, while Love Conquers All won Champion First Season Stallion and Kitalpha was Queensland Broodmare of the Year. Click here to view all the category winners.
Queensland Derby runner-up Rodrico (High Chaparral-Truly a Beauty, by Seeking The Gold) will be out to emulate international star Werther after being sold to Hong Kong this week. The quality three-year-old has been sold for an undisclosed price in a deal brokered by Magic Millions Sales Director David Chester and he will be set for the rich Hong Kong Derby. Rodrico is the second top prospect sourced by owner Johnson Chen through Magic Millions - the first was Werther, winner of the Hong Kong Derby and QEII Cup this year. Ironically both Werther and Rodrico were second in the Gr1 Queensland Derby prior to their purchase. "Johnson Chen is a great friend of Magic Millions and our initial purchase together has turned out a remarkable success and we're hoping lightning can strike twice with Rodrico," David Chester reported. "I thank leading bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster for his great assistance in completing the deal and I can't wait to see Rodrico continue his career for his new connections." Rodrico, a son of High Chaparral, has raced on just nine occasions - for three wins and four placings and earnings of $281,710. Prior to his runner-up placing in the Queensland Derby to the John Moore raced Eagle Way, Rodrico had won impressively in Sydney over 2000 metres, the journey of the Sha Tin blue riband. "Rodrico will head to champion trainer John Moore," new owner Johnson Chen revealed. "He's done such a great job with Werther and we can hope for continued success into the future."
Brisbane's Eagle Farm on Saturday provided Vinery shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) with yet another Gr1 victory when promising local gelding Eagle Way (More Than Ready-Wedgetail Eagle, by Lure) scored a determined 1.8-length victory for trainer Bryan Guy in the $600,000 Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m) for 3YOs, over the gelding Rodrico (High Chaparral-Truly a Beauty, by Seeking The Gold) & the colt I'm Belucci (Captain Sonador-Sovereign Red, by St Jude). An improving type who was runner-up last start in the Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes, Eagle Way took his record to 4 wins & 2 placings (including last start's 2nd placing in the Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes) from 12 starts for $517,750 earnings. Eagle Way was a $200,000 weanling purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from the draft of Segenhoe Stud at 2014's Inglis Australian Weanling Sale. He is a half-brother to the stakes-winners Assertive Eagle, Impressive Eagle & Soaressa, herself the dam of dual Gr3 winner Thermal Current.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $600,000 Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m) to be run at Eagle Farm this Saturday. The current favourite for the race is the Darren Weir-trained South Australian Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name who is at $4.40 with TAB, ahead of Eagle Way at $4.80, Mackintosh at $5, and Eschiele and Etymology who are both available at $8.50. The final field is:
1. HOWARD BE THY NAME (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 57kg (2)
2. ETYMOLOGY (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 57kg (19)
3. MACKINTOSH (Chris Waller-Blake Shinn) 57kg (5)
4. CYLINDER BEACH (Desleigh Forster-Michael Cahill) 57kg (10)
5. I'M BELUCCI (Desleigh Forster-Jim Byrne) 57kg (12)
6. ENCOSTA LINE (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (8)
7. EAGLE WAY (Bryan Guy-Tommy Berry) 57kg (11)
8. RODRICO (Chris Waller-Joao Moreira) 57kg (13)
9. COLONEL CUSTER (Bjorn Baker-Adam Hyeronimus) 57kg (18)
10. RED ALTO (Paul Banks-Damien Oliver) 57kg (7)
11. MULTIFACETS (Chris Waller-Tim Clark) 57kg (9)
12. BRAZEN (David Vandyke-Zac Purton) 57kg (17)
13. ESCHIELE (John O'Shea-Damian Browne) 57kg (3)
14. ADMIRAL JELLO (Kris Lees-Aaron Bullock) 57kg (15)
15. SNAPPER (John Morrisey-Ryan Wiggins) 57kg (14)
16. MAVEN WIZ (Anthony Cummings-Tye Angland) 57kg (1)
17. STAR ZONE (Brian Gentle-Jason Collett) 57kg (6)
18. HARVARD (Ciaron Maher-Dwayne Dunn) 57kg (16)
19e. SLAUGHTER BAY (Bryan Dais) 57kg (4)
At Doomben in Brisbane, Waikato Stud's Gr1 Australian Guineas-winning stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) added a Group success when progressive 3YO New Zealand-bred gelding Mackintosh (Pins-Lolly Scramble, by Generous) scored a front-running 0.2-length win for trainer Chris Waller in the $150,000 Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO gelding Eagle Way (More Than Ready-Wedgetail Eagle, by Lure) & 3YO colt Howard Be Thy Name (Redoute's Choice-Bellini Rose, by Faltaat). Purchased for NZ$11,000 as a weanling at the 2013 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale from the draft of Waikato Stud, Mackintosh improved his record to 4 wins from 6 starts for $155,174 earnings. Waller confirmed that Mackintosh would take his place in the Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on 11 June. "He didn't win by a big margin today but I think he will keep giving over 2400 metres [of the Derby]," he said.