On New Year's Day at Hong Kong's Sha Tin racecourse, New Zealand-bred 5YO gelding Fifty Fifty (Thorn Park-Udiditagain, by D'Cash) won by a half-length for trainer Peter Ho despite being headed in the HK$3 million Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1400m) from 4YO gelding Beat the Clock (Hinchinbrook-Flion Fenena, by Lion Hunter) & 5YO entire Helene Paragon (Polan-High Zaff, by High Chaparral). The winner of his only start in New Zealand where he raced as Speedy Grey, Fifty Fifty is proving a model of consistency in Hong Kong where he is yet to finish out of the frame in 6 starts. A $75,000 yearling consigned by Inglewood Stud at the 2014 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, his earnings now stand at just a smidgin below $1 million.
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, Wellfield Lodge's dual Gr1-winning stallion Road to Rock (Encosta de Lago-Trewornan, by Midyan) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Beauty Generation (Road to Rock-Stylish Bel, by Bel Esprit) led throughout to score a dominant win in the HK$23 million Gr1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m), defeating Western Express & Helene Paragon. Purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 NZB Select Yearling Sale, Beauty Generation (who raced as Montaigne in Australia) improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 Sha Tin Trophy & Gr3 HKJC Celebration Cup) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas & Hong Kong Derby) from 18 starts for $4,345,075 in earnings. “He’s done everything right from day one, this horse. We saw he was a little hampered in the run last time but today he had the gun run and was able to dictate the terms of the race," said winning trainer John Moore.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Raheen Stud's deceased Gr1 Epsom Handicap winning stallion Captain Sonador (Shamardal-Pushing Daisies, by Kenny's Best Pal) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Seasons Bloom (Captain Sonador-Pyramisa’s Lass, by Not A Single Doubt) overcame a wide run to finish full of running in the HK$4 million Gr2 Jockey Club Mile (1600m), defeating Helene Paragon & Beauty Generation. Purchased for $26,000 by Ampulla Lodge at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Seasons Bloom improved his record to 6 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr3 HKJC Celebration Cup, Listed Hong Kong Classic Cup & Listed Hong Kong Classic Mile) from 14 starts for $2,017,715 in earnings.
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:
A total of 151 nominations have been weighted for the 152nd running of the $ 3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 1 April. Heading the weights is Godolphin's dual Gr1 winner Hartnell, who has been allocated top weight of 58kg on a 50kg minimum (49kg for 3YOs). Next in line on 57kg is Black Heart Bart, a four-time Gr1 winner ranging from distances of 1200m to 1800m. Also allocated with 57kg are two international entries from Hong Kong, Beauty Only and Helene Paragon. Both horses are Gr1 winners in their own country. The Japanese mare Smart Layer is the highest weighted mare on 54.5kg, with the next highest weighted mares being First Seal and English with 53kg. Prized Icon and Astern head the 3YO and will be asked to carry 53kg, while Global Glamour and I Am A Star head the weights for 3YO fillies with 51kg. Global Glamour and Sense of Occasion are exempt from the ballot for winning the Gr1 Flight Stakes and Gr2 Villiers Stakes respectively. Click here to view all the weights.
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, 4YO French-bred entire Helen Paragon (Polan-High Zaff, by High Chaparral) broke through for a well deserved success at the elite level when scoring by 0.75 length for trainer John Moore and jockey Tommy Berry in the HK$10 million Gr1 Stewards' Cup (1600m), over 4YO Irish-bred gelding Joyful Trinity (Zanzibari-Bargouzine, by Stravinsky) & 7YO Australian-bred gelding Able Friend (Shamardal-Ponte Piccolo, by Volksraad). Helen Paragon improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 HKJC Premier Plate) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Mile & Gr1 Prix Jean Prat) from 21 starts for £2,291,365 earnings. Moore said Helene Paragon would be aimed at the Gr1 Dubai Turf in March. “I’ve already spoken to the owners of Helene Paragon and they’re happy to go to Dubai for the 1,800m. Whether Tommy Berry can ride him or not, I’m not sure. March 25 is a big day in Sydney so Tommy might have to ride there – if he does, Joao is waiting for the call up," he told the South China Morning Post.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) celebrated an elite success when 5YO Irish-bred gelding Beauty Only (Holy Roman Emperor-Goldendale, by Ali-Royal) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Tony Cruz in the Gr1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m), over 4YO French-bred entire Helene Paragon (Polan-High Zaff, by High Chaparral) & 4YO Irish-bred gelding Joyful Trinity (Zanzibari-Bargouzine, by Stravinsky). Beauty Only improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Mile & Gr2 HKJC Chairman's Trophy) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 HKJC Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup) from 28 starts for €3,922,002 earnings.