Another Dominant Display by Irish Bred Horses in Hong Kong
20 May 2013
The Group 1 Champions Mile was the feature race in Hong Kong over the weekend and as has been the case so many times this year it was dominated by Irish bred horses. It was won by the John Moore trained DAN EXCEL (IRE) who lead home the Caspar Fownes trained pair HELENE SPIRIT (IRE) and PACKING WHIZ (IRE). DAN EXCEL (IRE)is a son of Kildangan Stud stallion SHAMARDAL and he was formerly trained by Kevin Prendergast when he was called DUNBOYNE EXPRESS (IRE). He used to race in the colours of his breeder John Connaughton for whom he won a Group 3 2,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown. He also finished fourth in the Irish Champion Stakes behind SO YOU THINK and he has transferred that ability to Hong Kong where he has been extremely consistent to date.
The supporting race at Sha Tin, the Group 3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup also saw the finish dominated by horses bred in Ireland. The appropriately named DOMINANT (IRE) lead the charge beating WILLIE CAZALS (IRE) and the former John Oxx trained MIZANI (IRE) giving trainer John Moore a big race double. It is fair to say that Irish bred horses have been the over achievers in the Group 1 races in Hong Kong this year. Sunday’s victory continued the amazing strike rate of Irish bred horses in Hong Kong, in particular in Group 1 races. Other horses such as MILITARY ATTACK (IRE), PURE CHAMPION (IRE), GOLD-FUN (IRE) AND LUCKY NINE (IRE) have all been successful this year at the highest level.