West Gippsland’s Briarwood Farm was on a high following the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile victory by Sun Jewellery at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Sun Jewellery was raised at Briarwood for its long time client, the Tung family.
Briarwood principal Lisa McMaster said it was the first Group 1 winner bred off the farm which is small in size, but absolutely focused on producing quality horses.
“Mr Tung and his family have been clients for more than 25 years with my father and now with Gavin (McMaster) and me,” Lisa commented.
“This is a really well deserved result for the Tung family as they have put a heck of a lot of time and money into racing.
McMaster was also positive about the State’s breeding scene.
“We’re getting a much better grade of stallion. We’re on the up,” she said.
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 seven races and almost $1 million in prizemoney.
“I felt he had the ability, but wasn’t sure he had the class to win from the outside gate,” said trainer John Size.
“I would think he’s got a big future. He’s always promised to step up but this is a good test today, he’s come up against some nice horses and he’s beaten them fair and square.”
Prepared to target the Hong Kong 4YO Series, Size will start Sun Jewellery next up in the Group 1 Hong Classic Cup over 1800m on February 21, before a tilt at the final leg, the 2000m Group 1 Hong Kong Derby in March.
In further good news for Victorian breeding, the third and fourth placegetters in the Group 1 race were also bred by Victorians.
Third placed Blizzard (by Rosemont Stud sire Starcraft) was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock operation while fourth placed Lucky Bubbles grew up at Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm.