Rawiller Hopes Hong Kong Win Earns More International Rides
Winning the Group 1 Longines Sprint in Hong Kong ended a three-year Group 1 drought for Nash Rawiller.
We with jaundiced eyes toward Longines and their thoroughbred rankings would probably classify the race as Listed, or perhaps Principal, if it were still possible to apply that status to thoroughbred horse races.
Rawiller hopes to parlay the race into more rides at the international level. Hong Kong is where the money truly is to be found for hoops and Rawiller was not the first to abandon Australia at least on a partial basis, for the rich turf of Sha Tin racecourse.
He rode Mr Stunning for the win. That five-year-old gelding by Exceed and Excel from the USA’s With Fervour has lines to make trainers and jockeys alike drool and he has been setting the track ablaze at Sha Tin in 2017, with the Group 1 win, three Group 2 wins, and one Group 1 second placing in 2017.
Why he was sent to New Zealand in May of 2013 is anybody’s guess, but the move to Hong Kong has definitely paid huge dividends. His earnings in Hong Kong dollars are over $26 million. That equates to roughly $AUD4.41 million since he went to Hong Kong in 2015.
Rawiller had not won a Group 1 races since the 2014 All Aged Stakes. He hopes he will be given more chances now in Hong Kong.
In the Herald Sun, Rawiller said of the win, “It is very special, I can’t play it down, it is probably one of the most important wins I’ve had really,” he said. “It gives me an opportunity to capitalise on it for the next five or six years.”
Rawiller won the Golden Slipper Stakes on Pierro in 2012 and the Caulfield Cup on Elvstroem in 2004. He also has won the Doncaster Mile twice, with More Joyous in 2012 and Rangirangdoo in 2010.
He succeeded Joao Moreira on Mr Stunning. Moreira has 41 wins in the jockey’s premiership, five clear of Zac Purton and 22 clear of Rawiller.