Courier Wonder (NZ) Maintains Perfect Record
24 May 2021
Budding superstar Karaka graduate Courier Wonder (NZ) (Sacred Falls) stepped up to stakes level on Sunday and kept his perfect record intact with a victory over seasoned older horses in the HK$3.5m Group Three Sha Tin Vase (1200m).
Bought by John Foote Bloodstock for $150,000 from Waikato Stud’s draft at Karaka 2019, the 3-year-old has now had five starts for five wins and HK$6.53m in stakes – the equivalent of NZ$1.16m, which is almost eight times his purchase price.
Sunday was the biggest test yet for Courier Wonder, who had made an enormous impression in winning all of his four previous starts with ease. He was sent out as the $1.10 favourite to carry on his winning way against Sunday’s classy and proven sprinting line-up, and he duly delivered.
Jockey Joao Moreira slid forward to sit in third place in the early stages of the race, keeping a close eye on the leading pair and poised to pounce in the straight.
Despite using up energy by over-racing coming down the side of the track, Courier Wonder still quickened after rounding the home turn and soon drew up alongside the leaders.
He took the lead with 200 metres to run and then maintained his advantage to the finish line, scoring by three-quarters of a length. The 1200-metre feature was run in a slick 1:08.16.
“In the straight, I pulled him out and he dashed home as he always does – good horses like him give jockeys an amazing feeling,” Moreira said. “I’m very excited for next season. He’s the type of horse that everyone dreams to have.
“We had a great opportunity to learn a bit more about him today. The pace was really genuine, so he had a chance to settle behind others.
“When we first started turning, he got a bit lost and wanted to run out today, shying away from the other horses. But as we progressed, he started to relax, which is fantastic.”
Courier Wonder is trained by John Size for owners Mr and Mrs Chadwick Mok Cham Hung. Size indicated that Sunday’s first black-type win would be the final start of the exciting galloper’s breakthrough campaign.
“He’s got talent, and we just have to manage it and try and keep him out of harm’s way and then turn him loose on a racetrack,” he said.
Courier Wonder became the fourth stakes performer for Waikato Stud’s quality broodmare Fabulist (NZ) (Savabeel), joining this season’s Sydney Group One performer Icebath (NZ) (Sacred Falls), the Singapore stakes winner Nowyousee (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Group Three-placed Just Fabulous (NZ) (O’Reilly).
|Purchaser||John Foote Bloodstock (Hong Kong)|
|Breeding||Sacred Falls – Fabulist|
|Sale||Lot 23, Karaka 2019 Book 1, $150,000|
|Bred by||Waikato Stud|