The Victorian breeding industry has once again played a role in developing a Group 1 Hong Kong (international Listed) winner with Street Boss four-year-old Rapper Dragon winning the Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin.
The John Moore trained gelding took command with just over a furlong to run as he drew off to a comfortable two-length victory in the first leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown.
“He seems like something special…I was always comfortable, all the way through the race,” said champion jockey Joao Moreira.
Rapper Dragon is now expected to line up in the Hong Kong Classic Cup followed by the prestigious Hong Kong Derby over 2000 metres in March.
Last year, Briarwood Farm raised Sun Jewellery won the first two legs of the HK Group 1 Triple Crown.
On Sunday, Rapper Dragon provided his Darley Northwood based shuttle sire Street Boss with his 26th stakes winner. This sire record includes five Group 1 winners with the Gilgai Farm bred The Quarterback among them.
On Saturday, Street Boss’ five-year-old son Holy Boss became the sire’s 25th stakes winner, taking out the Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Bred in Australia by Gooree Park, Rapper Dragon is out of Swing Dance, by Danehill Dancer. Swing Dance is a full-sister to the Stakes-winning Turf Express, and a half-sister to Amanpour, winner of the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes.
Group One-placed when in training with Gai Waterhouse in Australia where he raced as Street Rapper, Rapper Dragon has now won six of his 14 career starts for a stake earnings of more than AU$$2.2 million.
Street Boss stood at Darley Northwood for a fee of $27,500 in the 2016 breeding season and covered 103 mares including Rapper Dragon’s dam Swing Dance.
Inglis has catalogued 17 yearlings by Street Boss for the upcoming 2017 Inglis Premier Sale.