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Karaka Graduates Dominate At Sha Tin

Karaka graduates have made a strong start to 2018 in Hong Kong.

Karaka Graduates Dominate At Sha Tin

Karaka graduates have made a strong start to 2018 in Hong Kong.

Premiere
Premiere Picture:HKJC

The run continued on Sunday as the $13,000 weanling purchase Premiere (Dylan Thomas) took out the HK$3 million Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1000m) at Sha Tin.

There have been two black-type races staged in Hong Kong since the beginning of January, and they have both been won by Karaka graduates.


Fifty Fifty (Thorn Park) won the HK$3 million Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1400m) on New Year’s Day for trainer Peter Ho and jockey Karis Teetan.

Six days later it was the John Size-trained Premiere, again ridden by Teetan, who excelled in his first attempt at stakes level.

After trailing the leader through the early part of the 1000-metre dash, Premiere took over in the closing stages and drew out to win by three-quarters of a length.

Raced by the DTFU Principal Syndicate, Premier (Dylan Thomas x More Than Sum) has now had 16 starts for seven wins, three placings and HK$8.49 million in prizemoney – the equivalent of NZ$1.51 million, which is more than 116 times his purchase price.

Premiere Horseform was bred by Calder Bloodstock Ltd, Octagon Bloodstock Ltd and Bill Thurlow, and he was offered at the 2014 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale by Lime Country Thoroughbreds Ltd.

“In his trials, I’d been taking a sit on him and he’d been letting down nicely,” Teetan said. “I knew that with a steady tempo set by Fabulous One, he’d get a nice trail and that he would let down – and he did!

“Once he got through the gap at the 300 metres, which he did very comfortably, he went on with it and he was so strong right to the line.”

The strong form of Karaka graduates in Hong Kong hasn’t been limited to stakes races – Premiere was one of eight winners on Sunday’s 10-race programme at Sha Tin.

The others were Golden Dash (Snitzel), Sempiternal (Postponed), Morethanlucky (Per Incanto), Compassion Star (Bullbars), Garlic Yeah (Savabeel), Ping Hai Star (Nom du Jeu) and Time To Celebrate (Per Incanto).

Racing And Sports




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R7 SHA TIN 7 January 2018
THE BAUHINIA SPRINT TROPHY (HANDICAP) 3U , 1000m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
4. PREMIERE (NZ)
5yo Gelding
JOHN SIZE
K TEETAN
52.0
$3.20
 
Dylan Thomas (IRE) - More Than Sum (USA)
Dtfu Principal Syndicate
2nd  
7. FABULOUS ONE (NZ)
7yo Gelding
W Y SO
W M LAI
51.5
$62.00
 
ELUSIVE CITY (USA) - BEAUTIFUL UNICORN (NZ)
Fabulous Horse Syndicate
3rd  
5. HOUSE OF FUN (AUS)
6yo Gelding
JOHN SIZE
JOAO MOREIRA
52.0
$2.00
 
STARCRAFT (NZ) - FREESTYLE (AUS)
 Fun Loving Syndicate
4th  1. NOT LISTENIN'TOME (AUS)
8yo Gelding
JOHN MOORE
TOMMY BERRY
60.5
$11.00
5th  3. BAD BOY (AUS)
6yo Gelding
MICHAEL JOHN FREEDMAN
ALEX BADEL
52.5
$12.00
6th  6. MAGIC LEGEND (AUS)
5yo Gelding
JOHN MOORE
M CHADWICK
51.5
$7.50
7th  8. MY LITTLE FRIEND (NZ)
9yo Gelding
T P YUNG
M YEUNG
51.5
$81.00
8th  2. ARCHIPPUS (NZ)
8yo Gelding
P O'SULLIVAN
DEREK LEUNG
53.5
$12.00


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