Werther Coasts to Easy Win in QE II at Sha Tin
Werther had such an easy time in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Shat Tin that it almost appeared as though jockey Hugh Bowman could have been fined for not using the whip enough, if you will excuse our hyperbole given the Hong Kong venue for the race.
For that matter, Bowman could have left his stick back in the jockeys’ room, as Werther accelerated through a gap near the rail at 300m out and was able to run on two legs for the final 50m and still win by 4 ½ lengths ahead of Military Attack in second and 5 ¾ clear of third place getter Blazing Speed.
Bowman described the race as the best of Werther’s career and the horse completed the Hong Kong Derby/Queen Elizabeth II Double.
Werther is of New Zealand extraction by Tavistock from Bagalollies. His dam’s sire was Zabeel and the pedigree also includes Northern Dancer and Neararctic and various U.S. and European horses, so Werther is truly international.
Trainer John Moore has won the QE II five times now and plans on running Werther one more time this season in the Champions & Chater Cup at 2400m and hopes to persuade the owners to let him bring Werther back to Australia for a go at the Cox Plate.