2017

Australian-Bred Favourite for HK Mile

Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing is confident he can claim his first international day title with Seasons Bloom in Sunday's Gr1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin, report the South China Morning Post. The 5YO Australian-bred Seasons Bloom (Captain Sonador-Pyramisa's Lass, by Not A Single Doubt) is favourite for the HK$23 million feature after scoring an impressive last-start win in the Gr2 Jockey Club Mile (1600m). However, Shum has been in this position before. In 2011, Little Bridge claimed the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint but failed to produce his best when a fourth in the Hong Kong Sprint. But Shum says he has learned from his mistakes. "I think I am training much better now than I was back then, I have some more experience," Shum said. "In 2011 maybe I tried to too hard to win the Group Two and it left nothing for the Group One. We learn from mistakes, we have an old saying that translates to 'failure is the mother of success'. This time I have tried to keep the horse happy and relaxed. I think it has worked." Star jockey Joao Moreira is also bullish about Seasons Bloom's prospects. "He is flying," Moreira said. "I have ridden the horse twice since that last win – I can tell you he has improved."

Seasons Bloom Wins Gr2 Jockey Club Mile

Monday, 20th November 2017

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.

Beauty Generation Wins Gr3 Celebration Cup

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Wellfield Lodge's dual Gr1-winning stallion Road to Rock (Encosta de Lago-Trewornan, by Midyan) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Beauty Generation (Road to Rock-Stylish Bel, by Bel Esprit) overcame a wide draw to score a strong front-running victory in the HK$3 million Gr3 Celebration Cup (1400m), defeating Seasons Bloom & Time Warp. Purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, Beauty Generation (who raced as Montaigne in Australia) improved his record to 5 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas & Hong Kong Derby) from 15 starts for $1,658,848 in earnings.

Rapper Dragon Win Listed Hong Kong Classic Cup

Monday, 20th February 2017

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, multiple US Gr1-winning sprinter & Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry-Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian) added a local Hong Kong stakes success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Rapper Dragon (Street Boss-Swing Dance, by Danehill Dancer) sprinted clear for a dominant 1.5 length win for trainer John Moore in the Listed Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), over 4YO German-bred gelding Pakistan Star (Shamardal-Nina Celebre, by Peintre Celebre) & fellow 4YO Australian-bred gelding Seasons Bloom (Captain Sonador-Pyramisa's Lass, by Not a Single Doubt). Rapper Dragon, who is now favourite for the Gr1 Hong Kong Derby in March, improved his record to 7 wins (including the HK Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Mile) from 15 starts for $2,223, 650 earnings. Rapper Dragon's win in the second leg of the 4YO series means he is now poised to become the first horse in history to claim the 4YO triple crown. “He’s one of the elite brigade," trainer John Moore told the South China Morning Post. "Joao said he’s one of the best he’s ridden but he stopped short of saying the best, so I guess he’s thinking about Able Friend next week. We had no doubts about him running the extra 200m today and I’ll be going to Derby just as confident about the 2,000m."

Rapper Dragon Wins Hong Kong Classic Mile

Monday, 23rd January 2017

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, multiple US Gr1-winning sprinter & Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry-Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian) added a local Hong Kong Gr1 success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Rapper Dragon (Street Boss-Swing Dance, by Danehill Dancer) scored by 2 lengths for trainer John Moore in the HK Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) for 4YOs, over fellow 4YO Australian-bred gelding Seasons Bloom (Captain Sonador-Pyramisa's Lass, by Not a Single Doubt) & Beauty Generation (Road to Rock-Stylish Bel, by Bel Esprit). Rapper Dragon, who is on a path towards the Gr1 Hong Kong Derby in March, improved his record to 6 wins from 14 starts for $2,223, 650 earnings. “The way he went there, I’d say he was 100 percent fit today, so the idea is to keep him at that level for the next two runs, culminating in the grand final, the Derby,” Moore told the South China Morning Post. “And it’s a big congratulations to my son George, who spotted this horse as a two-year-old with Gai Waterhouse in Sydney and arranged the sale. He’s bought a top-class horse.”