Aussie Bred Wins HK Classic Mile
The $HK10million Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin on Monday was won in commanding style by exciting prospect Golden Sixty, an Aussie bred Medaglia D’Oro (USA) gelding, whose half-brother Quiet Riot was also a winner at Warwick Farm earlier in the day.
Golden Sixty burst into clear ground at the head of Hong Kong’s four-year-old pack with an impressive win in the 1600 metre feature, a result that bolstered trainer Francis Lui’s hand for the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m).
Lui saddled two of Hong Kong’s brightest young stars in the event and both came good: while Golden Sixty dazzled, More Than This showed Derby sparkle in second to ease the handler’s nerves.
“It’s a kind of relief – I was a little nervous and the closer we got to the race, the more nervous I felt,” Lui admitted after securing his first victory in the storied contest, the first leg in Hong Kong’s three-race Four-Year-Old Classic Series.
The winner took his career tally to eight wins from nine starts and made it a perfect five this season, all under Ho who was also bagging a first Classic Mile success.
“He was a bit keen today and he took some time to settle but he still showed a good turn-of-foot,” the rider said. “He lay in a little bit, which made things a little bit harder, but he still won very easily.
“It’s just a matter of time for him, to pick him up, and I just have to be patient on him and then he will give me everything he has.”
Golden Sixty was a $300,000 NZB Ready to Run Sale purchase for his trainer from the Riversley Park draft and was a super successful pinhook having been sourced from the Element Hill draft at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $120,000.
A half-brother to stakes-placed Igitur, Golden Sixty is the best of five winners from US bred Irish Group III winner Gaudeamus (USA), a Distorted Humor mare from the family of Group I stars Bosra Sham and Hector Protector.
She had two winners on Monday with her Fastnet Rock three year-old Quiet Riot making a winning debut over 1100m at Warwick Farm for the Bjorn Baker stable.
Quiet Riot was a $200,000 Magic Millions purchase for his trainer from the Element Hill draft.
Gaudeamus has no yearling for the sales this year, but does have a filly foal by Capitalist and was covered last year by Trapeze Artist.
The final Australian bred yearlings by Darley’s champion shuttler Medaglia D’Oro are selling this year.