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    11 December 2023

    Shining Bright at Sha Tin: Golden Sixty Triumphs in the Hong Kong International Races

    The Golden Sixty Triumphs in the Longines Hong Kong Mile

    In a mesmerizing display of skill and determination, eight-year-old Golden Sixty defied all odds by winning the Longines Hong Kong Mile for an unprecedented third time. Overcoming the challenge of starting from stall 14 out of 14, Golden Sixty showcased his prowess on the track. Having previously secured victories in the Hong Kong Mile in both 2020 and 2021, Golden Sixty fell short last year when he finished as a runner-up to California Spangle. However, since that heart-wrenching defeat last December, he has claimed three Group 1 wins. Although he hadn’t been seen on the track since his triumph over Beauty Joy in the Champions Mile back in late-April, it was evident that his absence did not hinder him. Guided by jockey Vincent Ho, who has been instrumental throughout their partnership, Golden Sixty displayed an impressive burst of speed during the final stretch. With sheer determination and grace, he pulled away from his competitors to secure victory once again. Despite being challenged towards the end of the race, he managed to cross the finish line one-and-a-half lengths ahead of Voyage Bubble. Namur trailed behind in third place with a distance of a length and a quarter separating them. Golden Sixty now joins Good Ba Ba as only one other horse to have won three editions of this prestigious event – The Hong Kong Mile. This remarkable achievement marks his tenth Group 1 success throughout his illustrious career.

    Romantic Warrior Emerges Victorious in Hong Kong Cup Battle

    Romantic Warrior proved himself once again as James McDonald rode him tenaciously to fend off Aidan O’Brien’s Luxembourg and secure consecutive wins at this year’s Hong Kong Cup. After claiming an emphatic four-and-a-half-length victory at last year’s edition of this race, Romantic Warrior appeared destined for another dominant performance. However, despite a strong presence on the final turn, he faced resistance from his competitors. In an intense battle to the finish line, Romantic Warrior held on by a mere short-head margin against the rallying Luxembourg under Ryan Moore’s skilled guidance. Hishi Iguaza finished closely behind in third place with another short-head separating them. Romantic Warrior had previously demonstrated his prowess by triumphing in a tightly contested Cox Plate at Moonee Valley before taking part in this event last year.

    Junko Surges to Victory in Hong Kong Vase

    Andre Fabre and Maxime Guyon celebrated as Junko delivered a powerful surge during the thrilling climax of the Longines Hong Kong Vase. Despite experiencing a slow start, Junko showcased immense determination as he made his way up Sha Tin’s home straight. Having previously led throughout to secure his breakthrough Group 1 victory at Munich’s Grosser Allianz Preis Von Bayern just last month, Junko employed different tactics here. As he turned wide into the straight with his rivals ahead of him, he displayed remarkable acceleration under Guyon’s expert handling. Inside the final furlong, Junko surged past them all to claim victory by one length over Zeffiro who also exhibited tremendous speed from behind. Aidan O’Brien’s representative Warm Heart finished two and a quarter lengths further back in third place after leading entering the home stretch. This win not only provided Guyon with his second success in this race but also marked Fabre’s second triumph as well since their collaboration back in 2014 when Flintshire emerged victorious alongside Olivier Peslier riding Borgia securing their win during 1999 edition of this prestigious event.

    Lucky Sweynesse Redeems Himself at Longines Hong Kong Sprint

    Lucky Sweynesse found redemption as he triumphed convincingly in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, erasing memories of his disappointing performance as a short-priced favorite last year. Having faced unfortunate circumstances during the previous edition of this race where he finished sixth behind Wellington, Lucky Sweynesse encountered a brief lack of room once again early on in the straight. Nevertheless, jockey Zac Purton expertly maneuvered him to find space and unleashed his true potential within the final half-furlong. With an impressive burst of speed, Lucky Sweynesse surged ahead to claim victory by three-quarters of a length against the fast-finishing Lucky With You. Last year’s winner Wellington followed closely behind at one length distance securing third place. John Quinn’s mare Highfield Princess appeared threatening on the turn for home but struggled to match her rivals’ acceleration and ultimately finished sixth. This triumph marked Lucky Sweynesse’s eighth win in 2023 and his fourth Group 1 victory this year alone.

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