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Ivictory Smashes Hong Kong Track Record
Hong Kong racing appears to have a new star. Relative newcomer Ivictory displayed more speed than any previous galloper over the 1200m circuit at Happy Valley on Wednesday night when he smashed a track record that had been impregnable for over 10 years, reports scmp.com. Part of the all-conquering John Size team, which is likely to garner a tenth championship this season, Ivictory, as the commentator aptly put it, was "jogging" in front turning for home and, with jockey Joao Moreira motionless and having more disdainful looks behind than Laurie Strode in Halloween, still ran a record of 1:08.52. Size summed up the performance, “There isn’t much I can add – he does all the talking at the moment. He keeps coming to the races and winning and keeps showing there’s another one to come as well." The win was even more remarkable given Ivictory's abbreviated campaign due to a left cannon issue which sidelined him for 7 months. "You’d expect a horse like him, three turning four, to show some improvement but the extra time off doesn’t seem to have hurt him. Giving them a good break like that isn’t something you normally get the chance to do with a young progressive horse but it was forced on him and it looks like he has really benefited." Size added, "I’m not sure where he’ll go next. That will depend on the handicapper, the horse and the programme.” Ivictory's pedigree is an intriguing mix of speed and stamina. He's by Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun's Vinery sire Mossman from a Hussonet mare. Third dam is Gr2 Wakeful Stakes runner-up Yodels, dam of Gr1 Queensland Derby and Brisbane Cup winning gelding Yippyio and Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes-winning colt and stallion Iglesia (sire of Written Tycoon). Ivictory was sold by Fig Tree Thoroughbreds for $80,000 at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, after being sold by The Old Crossing as a weanling the previous year for $67,500 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.