Beauty Flash Adds Group 1 for Karaka
25 January 2010
Just a week out from New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sale Series (1-8 February) the dominance of New Zealand-breds sold through Karaka was again on show in Hong Kong with the fearless Beauty Flash providing a real highlight when running his rivals ragged in the Group 1 Hong Kong Champions Mile (1600m).
�Beauty Flash (Golan) proves to good in the Group 1 Hong Kong Champions Mile
Graduates of Karaka won six races on the ten-race Sha Tin card last night including Beauty Flash (Golan x Wychwood Rose, by Volksraad) whose victory installed him as the current Group 1 Mercedes Hong Kong Derby favourite.
The Group 1 Champions Mile drew a field of 14 outstanding prospects for the future, and it was rightfully Beauty Flash who lead the betting after six wins from his past seven starts, his first coming at Te Rapa (New Zealand) on 31 January 2009.
Christophe Soumillon was engaged to ride the Tony Cruz trained galloper from the widest barrier 14, and the talented Frenchman rode his charge like the best in the race when crossing from the wide alley to lead from the get go.
The flashy chestnut son of Golan maintained a solid gallop throughout and when he kicked 300m from the winning post it was clear none of his competition could match him over the mile.
His winning time of 1.34.39 saw him draw away to win by close to three lengths over Chater Way (Oasis Dream) and fellow Karaka-graduate, Tuscan Spirit (Chianti).
Beauty Flash was one of five yearlings purchased at Karaka 2007 by Hong Kong based bloodstock agent Dan O'Donnell for Hong Kong owner Simon Kwok.
Offered by Windsor Park Stud's Halidon Hill, Beauty Flash at $65,000 was O'Donnell's cheapest purchase and he has now earned over HK$8,500,000 (NZ$1,535,000) with seven wins in his 10 career starts.
Beauty Flash provided his Group 1 winning sire Golan with his 10th stakes winner and second Group 1 winner after Group 1 VRC Derby winner, Kibbutz.
Interestingly, from seven Southern Hemisphere stakes winners Golan has left three of his best performers out of mares by seven times New Zealand Champion sire Volksraad. Beauty Flash is included in this group as is Group 2 Great Northern Guineas winner Le Baron and Listed Grafton Cup winner Castle Heights.
�Golan will be represented by 23 yearlings at Karaka 2010
His five lots in the Premier Sale will all be offered through the Windsor Park Stud draft and include a half-sister to this season's Group 1 VRC Derby and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Monaco Consul (Lot 274), a full sister to Group 1 VRC Derby winner Kibbutz (Lot 52), a half-sister to last season's Group 1 placed juvenile Corsage (Lot 185), a half-sister to Listed STC Premier's Cup winner Emperor Bonaparte (Lot 391), and a half-brother to Listed Wairarapa Breeders' Stakes winner Pams Pompallier (Lot 473).
Windsor Park Stud will also offer a close relation to Beauty Flash at Lot 806, a colt by Falkirk. The chestnut�colt, a half-brother to the dam of Beauty Flash, is out of five time winning and stakes-placed mare Wychwood Lass.
The further five races won in Hong Kong by kiwi-breds were all sired by successful New Zealand based sires who will all be represented at Karaka 2010 including Pins, Faltaat, Ishiguru, Viking Ruler, and Elusive City.
Most impressive of the lot would have to have been another Group 1 Mercedes Hong Kong Derby aspirant in Brave Kid (Elusive City x Gordon's, by Kaapstad) for trainer John Size.
Now the winner of four from four in Hong Kong, the four-year-old took out the Class 2 Baker Handicap over 1400m in the hands of Douglas Whyte who is keen to stick with the son of Elusive City right through until the Derby.
Elusive City is represented by a draft of 37 yearlings at Karaka 2010 (Select, Festival)�including three in the Premier session. These include a half-brother to Group 1 Cox Plate winner So You Think (Lot 221), a half-brother to Group 3 winner Millbank (Lot 241), and a colt from a full-sister to Group 2 NZ Cup winner Pentathon (Lot 155).
�Lot 241, an Elusive City colt out of Woodini (Woodman)�offered by Te Mania Thoroughbreds.
Other Karaka graduates to win in Hong Kong last night include:
|Cheerful Happiness||Pins - Stuck Up||Class 5 (1600m)||$50,000, K2||Delahunty Farm||NZB - Hong Kong|
|Mark-Up�||Ishiguru - Wauwinet||Class 4 (1400m)||$210,000, K1||Brighthill Farm||HKJC|
|Quantum Express||Faltaat - Gazebo||Class 4 (1600m)||$100,000, K1||Wentwood Grange||Robert Roulston|
|Aashiq||Viking Ruler - Join the Fun||Class 3 (1400m)||$40,000, Carn||Brighthill Farm||Lance O'Sullivan|