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Triple Crown Aspirations "Presumptuous" For HK Star
Hong Kong's Triple Crown, consisting of the Gr1 Steward's Cup to be run on Sunday, Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup run next month & the Gr1 Champions & Charter Cup in May, has only been won once, by River Verdon (Be My Native-Tuyenu, by Welsh Pageant) in 1994. Hong Kong's current champion Ambitious Dragon (Pins-Golden Gamble, by Oregon) went close last season winning the first two legs and running second in the third, however ahead of this year's opening leg his trainer Tony Millard told scmp.com that any talk of this year's Triple Crown was both "presumptuous" and "disrespectful to the opposition", saying: "Let's not get ahead of ourselves, I want to talk about this race - we're taking things one step at a time." Downplaying expectations of Ambitious Dragon's many fans, Millard quipped: "There are no guarantees with anything, and I still wonder what Mr (trainer John) Size has up his sleeve with his horse. We always respect Glorious Days, we cannot afford to let our guard down. You need plenty of luck in this game, and maybe we got our fill when we beat him last time."