Westbury Stud resident Faltaat (Mr Prospector – Epitome, by Summing) sired the winner of the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (5f) at Royal Ascot when HongKong-trained gelding Little Bridge (Faltaat – Golden Rose, by Gold Brose) claimed the sprint feature.
Faltaat last produced a European Stakes winner in 2005 when Wunderwood (Faltaat – Jasoorah, by Sadler’s Wells) won the Listed Braveheart Handicap (12f) at Hamilton while under the care of Caulfield Cup-winning trainer Lady Herries.
Little Bridge raced on the back of the pace before the five-year-old proved too strong for Bated Breath (Dansili – Tantina, by Distant View) and Sole Power (Kyllachy – Demerger, by Distant View).
“My team have done a really fantastic job and I don’t know how to say how happy I am,” Little Bridge’s trainer Danny Shum said.
“I planned to come half a year ago as I love to come to England. I really like this country and I really like my horses to win in this country.”
Shum said he would take Little Bridge to Japan in September to take on their best sprinters in Group 1 events.
Little Bridge is one of 21 individual Stakes winners for Faltaat. Faltaat will stand at Westbury Stud in New Zealand for $NZ5000 (plus GST) in the 2012 breeding season.
Australian-bred Admiration¬†(4 h Encosta de Lago – Provence, by Redoute’s Choice)¬†defeated a top class field in the Hong Kong Gr 2 Chairman‚Äôs Trophy (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Trained by John Moore and ridden by Brett Prebble, it was the ¬†first Group race win for Admiration, who edged out favourite Glorious Days (Hussonet) and his stablemate Able One (Cape Cross). This was also Admiration‚Äôs first 1600m win, after having come third three times over this distance in the past.
Sunday‚Äôs victory took Admiration‚Äôs earnings past HK$7million with his seventh win. The impressive entire has also been placed a further six times in his 19 career starts.
George Moore paid $625,000 for Admiration as a yearling at the 2009 Easter Yearling sale and Widden Stud have a More Than Ready ¬†half-brother to sell in Sydney at the sale that commences on April 10.
The New Zealand-bred Little Bridge (5 g Faltaat – Golden Rose, by Gold Brose) defeated ¬†Captain Sweet (Fastnet Rock) by two and a quarter lengths to win the HK Gr 3 Buahinia Sprint Trophy (1000m) later in the day. ¬†New Vision (Hussonet) finished close up in third place.
The Danny Shum-trained Little Bridge (5 g Faltaat – Golden Rose, by Gold Brose), expertly ridden by Melbourne Cup winning jockey Gerald Mosse, proved just too strong for Entrapment (Halo Homewrecker) in Sunday’s Gr 2 Cathay Pacific Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin.
The son of Faltaat (USA) got first run on the favourite, and hard though Douglas Whyte tried to pull back the deficit he still had three quarters of a length to find at the line. Admiration (Encosta De Lago) finished a neck away in third place.
‚ÄúI got the chance to ride him and we had the perfect race one back, one off,‚Äù said Mosse. ‚ÄúHe was always travelling very easily. I didn‚Äôt have to make him work too hard, and I think we were able to leave something for the big race (The CXHK Sprint).‚Äù
‚ÄúWe trained him for the (Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong) Derby last year,‚Äù said a jubilant Shum, ‚Äúbut he wasn‚Äôt able to get the trip, and after that he was exhausted. So we gave him a good long break, and he‚Äôs come back so well. This year he looks fantastic, and he‚Äôs just been improving race by race. Now I hope we can win the big one in December.‚Äù
Entrapment also ran what may have been a decent trial for the G1 HK International Sprint on 11 December as he made up ground in the straight without being able to get in a blow at the winner.
Westbury Stud’s champion stallion Faltaat (Mr Prospector – Epitome, by Summing) had his best result for the season to date when he produced a winning treble on Friday.
Faltaat was the leading New Zealand Sire on the AEI in 2001/02 and 2002/03 but has struggled to date during the 2011/12 term with just seven victories prior to his triple success.
All of Faltaat’s three wins came in his homeland. Oriental Lad (Faltaat – Bangkok Babe, by Centro) won the R J Eagars Furnishers Handicap (1200m) at Pukekura Raceway while the sire recorded a double at the Winton meeting.
Jean Genie (Faltaat – Dungaree Doll, by Carnegie) strode to a comprehensive success in the Geoff Jukes Maiden (1200m) before Ahreco (Faltaat – Just A Chat, by Centaine) bolted in to win the Wrightson Maiden (1600m).
Noble Reason (Captain Rio – Storm Brose, by Gold Brose) made it four wins for Westbury Stud sires with his 5-1/2 length success in the Ryal Blush Transport Handicap (1200m), also at Winton.
Meanwhile, Cambridge Stud stalwart Zabeel (Sir Tristram – Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) posted a double of his own on the other side of the Tasman Sea with winners at Cranbourne and Goulburn.
The $200,000 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchase Urban Explorer (Zabeel – Amatista, by Scenic) won the TAB Sportsbet Handicap (2060m) at Cranbourne while master trainer Bart Cummings produced Kim Warrior (Zabeel – Sequi, by Danehill) to win the Terminus Hotel Handicap (2300m).