2018

Beat The Clock Wins Gr2 Sprint Cup

Monday, 9th April 2018

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Beat The Clock (Hinchinbrook-Flion Fenena, by Lion Hunter) broke through for an overdue maiden stakes win when scoring an eye-catching last-to-first win in the HK$4 million Gr2 Sprint Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Mr Stunning & Winner's Way. A $70,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Beat The Clock advanced his record to 6 wins and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Silver Jubilee Cup & Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup) from 14 starts for $12,679,025 in earnings.

Darley Announces 2018 Australian Fees

Friday, 6th April 2018

Darley has announced its 2018 fees for the 28 stallions standing on its roster in New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand offering breeders outstanding value across a superb range of sires. "We are proud of Darley’s reputation for looking after our breeders and this is something we wish to continue to build on. We have already strongly signalled our intention to support breeders at the sales and look forward to these yearlings running in the Godolphin blue silks – and hopefully further enhancing the value of their dams," said Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia. "This support is a commitment we intend to maintain, and as you will see from this year’s fees, we are here to do business with you." Exceed And Excel once again heads the line-up and will stand at a fee of $82,500 inc GST. He added an eleventh Gr1 winner to his record late last year, when his Australian-bred son Mr Stunning took the valuable Hong Kong Sprint. Meanwhile, former champion sire Lonhro, continues to make an impact with star 3YO Kementari flying his flag high this season. In spite of a great run of form which includes the emergence of his son Pierro as a significant sire, Lonhro’s 2018 fee has been reduced to $55,000 inc GST. Newcomers to the roster this year include Lonhro's son Impending ($22,000), who became the first three-year-old in 10 years to win the Gr1 Stradbroke, and dual European Champion miler and four-time G1 winner, Ribchester ($24,750). Click here to view the full Darley roster.

DB Pin Wins Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup

Monday, 29th January 2018

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, The Oaks Stud's 5-time Gr1-winning & 5-time Gr1-placed stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding DB Pin (Darci Brahma-Pins 'n' Needles, by Pins) unleashed a withering late burst to land the biggest prize of his career in the HK$10 million Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m), defeating Mr Stunning & Beat The Clock. Purchased for $200,000 by esteemed bloodstock agent John Foote at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of The Oaks Stud, DB Pin improved his record to 6 wins and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint) from 14 starts for HK$16,603,700 in earnings. He is a half-brother to the dam of last Saturday's Karaka Million winner Avantage.

2017

Mr Stunning Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint

Monday, 11th December 2017

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Mr Stunning (Exceed And Excel-With Fervour, by Dayjur) proved too slick for his rivals in scoring a decisive win in the HK$18 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Lucky Bubbles & Peniaphobia. This was the first Group 1 victory for Mr Stunning who was purchased by Magnus Equine for $250,000 at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Lyndhurst Stud. He improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint, Gr2 Premier Bowl & Gr2 HKJC Sprint Cup) and 3 placings (including the HKJC Chairman's Sprint Prize) from 16 starts for HK$27,023,600 in earnings.

Rare Milestone for Exceed And Excel

Friday, 8th December 2017

Darley's world-class Australian-bred shuttler Exceed And Excel recently celebrated a significant milestone with his 250th stakes winner. The brilliant dual Group 1-winning son of Danehill achieved the record when his son Mr Stunning landed the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong three weeks ago. Among Exceed And Excel's best progeny to date are 4-time European Gr1 winner Excelebration, 4-time Gr1-winning Australian filly Guelph, Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winner and fellow Darley sire Helmet, Golden Slipper winner Overreach, three-time Gr1-winning sprinter Flamberge, and Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winners Earthquake and Reward For Effort. Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond), now 17 years of age, stands at Darley's Kelvinside property in NSW at a fee of $110,000 (inc. GST). Click here to view the full story on Darley's website.

Karaka Graduate Continues to Stun in Hong Kong

Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Karaka graduate Mr Stunning (Exceed And Excel-With Fervour, by Dayjur) continued his rise to the apex of Hong Kong sprinting with victory in Sunday’s HK$4 million Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin. Making just the 15th start of his career, the John Size-trained Mr Stunning brought up his ninth win and thrust himself into contention for next month’s Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint. “He’s an absolute star, he’s so push-button,” jockey Nash Rawiller said of the 5YO Australian-bred gelding. “He was a dream to ride throughout the run. I was able to roll forward into the race and he put it beyond doubt at the 300 metres, he was travelling very comfortably and it was just a matter of letting him go to win the race.” Purchased by Magnus Equine on behalf of his owner Maurice Koo Win Chong at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Lyndhurst Stud for $250,000, Mr Stunning has now earned HK$16,478,600 – more than 12 times his sale price.

Mr Stunning Wins Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint

Monday, 20th November 2017

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 NZB 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.

World-Class Entries for Hong Kong International Races

Friday, 27th October 2017

A total of 293 horses have been nominated at the first stage for the HK$84.5 million Hong Kong International Races which will take place at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, 10 December. The meeting consists of four Group One events, namely the HK$25 million Gr1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million Gr1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$18.5 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), and the HK$18 million Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m). Among the overseas stars entered are top-class UK miler Ribchester, Ballydoyle stable-mates Highland Reel and Roly Poly, Japan's QEII Cup winner Neorealism, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up Cloth Of Stars. The home contingent includes former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther, last year's Hong Kong Mile winner Beauty Only, and gun sprinters Lucky Bubbles and Mr Stunning. There are 17 Australian horses entered, including Gr1 winners Vega Magic, Redkirk Warrior, and Boom Time, as well as Takedown and In Her Time.

Redkirk Warrior

Redkirk Warrior is among the Australian entries (pic: Mark Gatt)

Mr Stunning Wins Gr2 Premier Bowl

Monday, 23rd October 2017

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 NZB 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.

Hong Kong Awards Finalists Announced

Thursday, 29th June 2017

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:

  • Horse of the Year: elected by votes of the Judging Panel from winners of the respective categories, excluding the Champion Griffin
  • Champion Sprinter: Aerovelocity, Lucky Bubbles, Mr Stunning, Peniaphobia
  • Champion Miler: Beauty Only, Contentment, Helene Paragon, Rapper Dragon, Thewizardofoz
  • Champion Middle-Distance Horse: Pakistan Star, Rapper Dragon, Secret Weapon, Werther
  • Champion Stayer: Eagle Way, Werther
  • Champion Griffin: Bravo Watchman, Ivictory, Premiere, Regency Bo Bo, Sight Leader

2016

Latest Hong Kong Antipodes-Bred Winners

Tuesday, 19th April 2016

Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Hong Kong non-stakes winners:

  • 16/04/2016 Wonder Kid - Jolly Banner (H.K.) (AUS) 2011 (G by Lonhro - Valkyrie Diva); 1st HKJC Hopeful Future for Youth H. HK$1,165,000, 1400m - Earning HK$664,050. Sold by Tyreel Stud at the 2013 Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale for $300,000.
  • 16/04/2016 Washington Heights (AUS) 2011 (G by Commands - Demanding); 1st HKJC Age-Friendly Society H. HK$1,650,000, 1200m - Earning HK$940,500. Sold by Widden Stud at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $300,000.
  • 16/04/2016 Rouge et Blanc (NZ) 2010 (G by High Chaparral - Saint Cecile); 1st HKJC Community Team Sports H. HK$800,000, 1800m - Earning HK$456,000.
  • 16/04/2016 Mr Stunning (AUS) 2012 (G by Exceed and Excel - With Fervour); 1st HKJC Sports Without Borders H. HK$1,165,000, 1200m - Earning HK$664,050. Sold by Makybe at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock & Weanling Sale for $110,000 & subsequently sold by Lyndhurst Farm at the 2014 NZB National Yearling Sales Series for NZ$250,000.
  • 16/04/2016 Hang's Decision (NZ) 2011 (G by Postponed - Bislieri); 1st HKJC Equestrian Fun H. HK$800,000, 1400m - Earning HK$456,000. Sold by Westbury Stud at the 2013 NZB National Yearling Sales Series for NZ$55,000 & then passed in by The Oaks Stud at the 2013 NZB Ready to Run Sale for NZ$90,000.
  • 16/04/2016 Respect (AUS) 2012 (G by Northern Meteor - Mellow Elle); 1st HKJC Hole in One H. HK$800,000, 1200m - Earning HK$456,000. Sold by Widden Stud at the 2014 Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale for $380,000.
  • 16/04/2016 Novel Start (NZ) 2007 (G by Ishiguru - Jessika); 1st HKJC Best Foot Forward H. HK$600,000, 1650m - Earning HK$342,000. Sold by Willow Tree Farm at the 2009 NZB National Yearling Sale Series for NZ$18,000.
  • 16/04/2016 Street Rapper - Rapper Dragon (H.K.) (AUS) 2012 (G by Street Boss - Swing Dance); 1st HKJC Sports for All H. HK$2,400,000, 1400m - Earning HK$1,368,000.
  • 16/04/2016 Adventurer (AUS) 2012 (G by Nicconi - Edgeton); 1st HKJC Sportsmanship H. HK$800,000, 1000m - Earning HK$456,000. Sold by Emirates Park Pty Ltd at the 2014 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $80,000.

Latest Hong Kong Aust-Bred & NZ-Bred Winners

Friday, 5th February 2016

Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Hong Kong winners:

  • 03/02/2016 Benny Bee - Yeung Sing (H.K.) (NZ) 2008 (G by Brilliance - Clonpet); 1st HKJC Queensway H. HK$600,000, 1650m - Earning HK$342,000.
  • 03/02/2016 Mr Stunning (AUS) 2012 (G by Exceed and Excel - With Fervour); 1st HKJC Lambeth H. HK$800,000, 1000m - Earning HK$456,000. Sold by Makybe at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock & Weanling Sale for $110,000 & subsequently sold by Lyndhurst Farm at the 2014 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$250,000.
  • 03/02/2016 Vara Pearl (NZ) 2010 (G by Savabeel - Dance on Fire); 1st HKJC Ice House H. HK$800,000, 1650m - Earning HK$456,000; Sold by Dormello Stud at the 2011 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Sale for NZ$6,000, subsequently sold by Fairdale Stud at the 2012 NZB National Yearling Sale for $8,000, and then by Dormello Stud at the 2012 NZB Ready to Run Sale for NZ$20,000.
  • 03/02/2016 Top Bonus (NZ) 2011 (G by Savabeel - Lisa Anne); 1st HKJC Edinburgh H. HK$800,000, 1200m - Earning HK$456,000. Sold by Haunui Farm at the 2013 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$105,000.
  • 03/02/2016 Oscuro - Dashing King (H.K.) (AUS) 2011 (G by Dane Shadow - Midnight Queen); 1st HKJC Club Challenge Cup HK$1,165,000, 1650m - Earning HK$664,050. Sold by Widden Stud at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $65,000.
  • 03/02/2016 Fantastic Feeling (AUS) 2011 (G by Show a Heart - Twirling Heights); 1st HKJC Connaught H. HK$1,165,000, 1200m - Earning HK$664,050.
  • 03/02/2016 Lucky Year (AUS) 2011 (G by Holy Roman Emperor - Natural Lil); 1st HKJC Chater H. HK$1,650,000, 1200m - Earning HK$940,500. Passed in by Coolmore Stud at the 2012 Inglis Sydney Weanling & Broodmare Sale for $22,000.