A Horse by Any Other Name Still Runs Sweetly in Hong Kong
Horses that show sufficient promise are sometimes shipped to Hong Kong, where prizemoney is to be found lying about and owners who have invested huge sums in the purchase, training and upkeep of highly pedigreed thoroughbreds stand a good chance of realising a quick return on their investments.
One recent horse to make the long list of Aussie gallopers to chase Asian riches is Mr Lumieres, trained by 2003 Melbourne Cup winning trainer David Hall.
Hall, you may recall, prepared Makybe Diva for her first of three consecutive Melbourne Cup victories, before he was shunted aside for Lee Freedman.
Others to do well include Mr Stunning, Lucky Bubbles, Notlisten’tome, Thewizardofoz, Rapper Dragon and Ping Hai Star.
Ping Hai Star was known as Ted when he ran three races in Australia.
Running at Hong Kong’s palace of racing, Sha Tin, Ping Hai Star recorded an impressive win. Mr Lumieres won his Hong Kong debut recently.
Mr Stunning won 10 races in Hong Kong, the most notable being the Group 1 Longines Honk Kong Sprint. Mr Stunning is trained by Aussie trainer John Size, who has made the most of his Hong Kong stint by winning the Hong Kong trainers’ premiership nine times.
Mr. Stunning was a bargain, going for just $110,000 at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, despite having as his sire Exceed And Excel and lines further back to some of the best to have ever raced, including Danehill, Danzig, Northern Dancer and other proven racers and studs.
Rapper Dragon raced in Australia for the last time in the Australia when he competed as Street Rapper in the 2015 Group 1 Champagne Stakes, where he finished second.
He won five races in Hong Kong before requiring pulling up with a pelvis fracture in the Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin, a severe injury that required his being humanely euthanised.
During his span in Hong Kong, he won nearly $5 million AUD.