Another Group 1 race at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin racecourse, another win by new star on the block, the Victorian bred Sun Jewellery.
In fact, the first three placegetters for both January’s Group 1 Classic Mile and Sunday’s Group 1 Classic Cup were identical.
That included the GSA Bloodstock Victorian bred Blizzard (by Rosemont Stud sire Starcraft) coming in a very close third.
It is a tremendous result for long time breeders the Tung family and for West Gippsland’s Briarwood Farm with whom the Tungs agist their breeding stock.
Sun Jewellery was the first Group 1 winner bred off the farm.
Briarwood principal Lisa McMaster said the Tungs have been clients for more than 25 years with her father and now her and her partner Gavin McMaster.
A son of Snitzel, Sun Jewellery raced in Australia for trainer Peter Moody and was named Tan Tat Sun during his short, four race local career.
He left for Hong Kong in 2014 after wins at Bairnsdale and Kyneton and continues to race in the Tung family colours. He has now won eight races and almost AU$2.9 million in prizemoney.
“Sun Jewellery’s a class horse and class usually tells over a distance. He’s got an awful lot of courage and that as well as his attitude are the two things that stand out about him most,” his champion jockey Ryan Moore said.
Trainer George Moore will now set Sun Jewellery on a course to make history in Hong Kong by winning the final leg of the three Group 1 classics for four-year-olds, the 2000m Group 1 Hong Kong Derby in March.
“He’s got to go around a bend past the winning post and that makes it a little bit more awkward – you’ve got gates to deal with and things like that but at least he’s won the first two races; that’s a big help for him and now he gets a shot at the Derby. The distance doubt is always there, it’s something I don’t think about, we just roll onto the next race and hope he gets it.”
“Like most good horses he does a lot of things right and his temperament helps him a lot,” said Hong Kong’s seven-time Champion Trainer. “He’s manageable in a race and he’s determined in a finish, so all those attributes you’d love to have in any horse.”