It proved to be another successful weekend for Australian-breds with the Ricky Yiu sourced and trained, Jolly Banner winning the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy over 1000m at Sha Tin last Sunday.
It was some win! Despite starting the rank outsider, Jolly Banner was squeezed at the jump and settled at the tail of the field … and was still four lengths last at the halfway point.
Picking up the pace with 200m to go, Jolly Banner eventually ran out the winner with a panel to spare.
Now boasting a record of seven wins and 12 placings from 29 starts for $1.75 million in prizemoney, this was the first stakes victory for Jolly Banner, a 7YO gelding by Lonhro from the Jade Robbery mare, Valkyrie Diva.
Bred by Victoria’s Makybe Racing and Breeding – who is having a magic run in Hong Kong after home-bred, Mr Stunning, won the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint in December.
Jolly Banner is a half-brother to stakes winners C’est Beau la Vie and Wales, while his Group winning dam is a half-sister to racing immortal Makybe Diva.
Jolly Banner was offered by Tyreel Stud at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to Yiu for $300,000.