City On A Hill's First HK Winner

20 June 2005

New Zealand Bloodstock graduates continued to notch up the wins with another pleasing weekend at Sha Tin including a first Hong Kong winner for New Zealand resident sire, City On A Hill.

All's Well (City On A Hill x Alot Of Music) won the Woodpecker Plate (1200m) ahead of fellow Griffins, Pocket Money (Namid x Duck Over) and Broad Spectrum (Spectrum x La Guichet) recording the first win for City On A Hill (Rahy) in Hong Kong. City On A Hill, himself a group and stakes winning two year old, has his first southern hemisphere crop racing in New Zealand this season, his most promising result to date coming from the listed placegetter, Lapaz (City On A Hill x Three Vibes).

All's Well, ridden by Shane Dye and trained by Danny Shum, has now recorded a first and second from his two starts, adding to the success that this season's New Zealand bred Griffins have shown.  All's Well sold through the Karaka auction ring as a weanling and then again at the 2004 Ready to Run Sale for $40,000 to Tommy Cheung. 

Other New Zealand success at Sha Tin on Saturday included:

  • Cenamira (Centaine x Adnamira) won the Class 4 Robin Handicap (1200m) ahead of Silly Boy (Secret Savings x Jodetta) and Sound of Silence ( Volksraad x Jazzmatazz). Cenamira was sold at the 2002 Premier Sale for $60,000.
  • Mr Genki (Pompeii Court x Brauner Miss) took out the Class 4 Seagull Handicap (1400m) ahead of Daneprint (Danehill x Great Vintage) and another New Zealand Bloodstock sale graduate, Compassionate (Desert Prince x Guardian Angel). Mr Genki was sold by Poplar Lodge at the 2002 Festival Select Sale for $21,000 while Compassionate was from the 2002 Premier Sale draft of The Oaks Stud, selling for $120,000 to Willie Leung.
  • Champ Dragon (Maroof x Zonal) came in second behind Master Spirit (Distorted Humour x Innocent Gypsy) with Danske Very Much (Danske x Musical Pursuit) third in the Class 4 Seagull Handicap Treble (1400m). Champ Dragon was sold by Cambridge Stud at the 2001 Premier Sale for $280,000 while New Zealand trainer Chris Wood purchased Danske Very Much from the Windsor Park draft at the 2002 Festival Select Sale for $23,000.
  • King of Turbot (Hunza Court x Sect) came in ahead of fellow New Zealand bred, Lok Wah Treasure (Kapstaad x Satin Blush), in the Class 5 Thrush Handicap (1800m). Lok Wah Treasure was sold by Mapperley Stud for $160,000 at the 2000 Premier Yearling Sale.
  • Meanwhile in the feature race of the day, Fifty Fifty (O'Reilly x Second Set) was placed in his first Class 1 start behind Billet Express (Keltrice x Pazzihi) and Goody (Spaceship x Priceless Party) in the Class 1 Cukoo Handicap (1200m). Trained by Caspar Fownes, Fifty Fifty was part of the Delahunty Farm draft at the 2002 Select Sale, selling for $55,000 to Michael Stedman Bloodstock.