It was a big week for progeny of Swettenham Stud sire with big results in the United Kingdom, Australia and a first winner in Hong Kong.
Equiano colt Dancing Flames launched his Hong Kong career with an awesome debut in the Chuen Lung Rst Hcp (1000m) at Sha Tin.
The Danny Shum trained speed machine overcame a tricky inside gate to clock 56.51s down the straight course on Sunday. He jumped straight to the front under Chad Schofield and then proceeded to dominate the season’s first race restricted to three-year-olds.
“He’s a star,” Shum said after the win.
“He’s very professional and kept improving after getting here from Australia. Now we will look to the Griffin Trophy later this year.”
Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano (Fr) sired the exciting prospect from Contract Racing’s broodmare Allegretto (Anabaa). She is a sister to Hong Kong Group 3 winner High Intelligent and a half-sister to G2 Emancipation Stakes winner Hec Of A Party (Hector Protector).
Allegretto foaled a Helmet colt in August and she has been tested in foal to Swettenham Stud’s new Group 1 sire Toronado (Ire).
Dancing Flames was originally named Equita in Australia and was trained by Brent Stanley after he purchased the colt at the Inglis Premier Sale.
Equita won a Cranbourne trial in April before his connections accepted a bid on behalf of owner Tam Chau.
“Chad’s father Glyn Schofield advised us to buy the horse,” Shum recalled.
“He beat Kinglike in the trial and that horse has turned out to be one of the better three-year-old sprinters in Australia.”
The Hong Kong victory completed an outstanding week for Equiano.
In England, he started with two winners at Chelmsford and Nottingham, had a yearling filly sell for 130,000gns (AUD 285,550) at the Tattersalls October Sale and his classy three year-old The Tin Man ran a cracking fourth against older horses in the G1 British Champions Sprint (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Closer to home, Equiano’s record-breaking sales colt Kerauno bolted in when making his debut on Friday. Trainer Mick Price will bring the $420,000 Inglis Premier graduate to town after that eye-catching victory at Donald.
Swettenham stands Equiano for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.