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Blue Diamond winner off to HK

Blue Diamond winner off to HK

Blue Diamond Stakes winner Little Brose will continue his racing career in Hong Kong in the new year.

His new trainer David Hayes said the three-year-old son of Per Incanto will remain as a colt and be sent to Hong Kong by the end of this year to prepare for his lucrative four-year-old season.

“He’ll be kept as a colt and if he does well up here, then he’d go back to Australia to be a stallion,” Hayes explained on Thursday.

“The owner was very keen to have him here for his classic series in his four-year-old season.”

Little Brose won the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in February and ran midfield in the Golden Slipper Stakes before running well without winning in his early three-year-old races in Melbourne, culminating in an eighth-placed finish in the G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

Hayes’ sons Ben and JD have long been fighting a losing battle to keep Little Brose in Australia.

He was originally purchased by Hong Kong-based owner Peter Young to race in Hong Kong but was convinced to allow the colt to remain with Hayes’ sons with the aim of winning the Blue Diamond.

Hayes senior said that although he felt the horse had plenty to offer in Australia, he was pleased to have him join his stable.

“He is a smart horse,” he said. “The owner wants to watch him race in Hong Kong so happy to get him here as he should fit in well.

“I think he’ll compete as a 1000-metre to 1600-metre horse in Hong Kong.”

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