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Six Hong Kong Trophies for NZB Graduates
Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales claimed six trophies at Hong Kong’s 2019-20 Champion Awards dinner at Sha Tin, with superstar 4YO Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro) leading the charge. Bought for $300,000 from Riversley Park’s draft at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Golden Sixty was named Champion 4YO and also won the Most Popular Horse of the Year award, which is decided by public vote. Golden Sixty became only the second horse in history to complete a clean sweep of Hong Kong’s 4YO Classic Series – the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m), Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) and Hong Kong Derby (2000m). Trained by Francis Lui for owner Stanley Chan Ka Leung, Golden Sixty has won 10 of his 11 starts in Hong Kong. He was undefeated in seven appearances throughout the 2019-20 season. Meanwhile, fellow Ready to Run graduate Beat the Clock (Hinchinbrook) earned the title of Champion Sprinter for the second year in a row. All-time Hong Kong prize-money record holder Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) was named Champion Miler for the third season in a row. The Champion Griffin award went to Good Luck Friend (NZ) (Swiss Ace), who was a $90,000 purchase at the 2018 Ready to Run Sale. The award for Most Improved Horse was won by $30,000 Select Sale graduate Amazing Star (NZ) (Darci Brahma), whose rating soared from 58 to 100 with four wins from six starts during the season.