Zac Purton cheers after winning the Hong Kong Mile on
Ambitious Dragon at Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo by Reuters.
Ambitious Dragon continued the run of New Zealand-bred
horses to win the prestigious Hong Kong Mile with success at
the International meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday night.
The Pins-Golden Gamble 6yr-old, twice the Hong Kong horse of
the year, settled near the rear and was brought wide around
the home turn by Zac Purton. He surged on to beat another New
Zealand-bred, Glorious Days.
Sunline, by Desert Sun, was the first New Zealand-bred to win
the race in 2000.
Then followed Lucky Owners (by Danehill) in 2003, Beauty
Flash (by Golan) in 2010, and Able One (by Cape Cross) last
Lucky Owners, Beauty Flash and Able One were all sold at the
Select session of the Karaka Yearling Sale.
Two other New Zealand-breds, Solar Great (by Falkirk), and
Real Specialist (by Storming Home), also won at Sha Tin on
Ambitious Dragon has won 12 of 23 starts and $HK52,991,600
($NZ8.2 million) in stakes.
• Thorn Park, the sire of Cox Plate winner Ocean Park, has
died at Windsor Park Stud, AAP reports.
The stud said the stallion succumbed to a long-running and
deep-seated infection in the navicular bone of his near hind
''Over the past few months every effort has been made by
veterinarians and staff to overcome the infection, which also
gave rise to laminitis in his off hind foot,'' a statement
from Windsor Park said.
''While good progress had been made in the laminitic foot,
unfortunately the infection in his near hind foot proved
Thorn Park was withdrawn from stud service in September as he
battled the leg infection.
On the racetrack, Thorn Park won nine of his 22 starts
including the 2004 Group One Stradbroke Handicap.
As well as Ocean Park, some of his notable progeny include
Jimmy Choux, Veyron and Norzita.