Two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon affirmed his dominance in the Asian racing capital by winning Sunday’s HK$6 million Group 1 The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin.
Ambitious Dragon (Pins – Golden Gamble, by Oregon) won by 2-1/2 lengths. Time After Time (Danehill Dancer – Recurring, by Pentire) finished second with Glorious Day (Hussonet – Sun Century, by Centaine) a further length away in third.
It was a dynamic display by the son of Pins and the victory once again highlighted his versatility. It was the first time he had raced over 1400 metres since winning the Group 3 HK National Day Cup back in October 2011.
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup was Ambitious Dragon’s seventh Group 1 win, his most recent win at the elite level prior to Sunday’s race coming in the Hong Kong International Mile last December.
Other feature wins include victories over 2000 metres in the Hong Kong Derby as a four-year-old in March 2011 and the Hong Kong Cup in February 2012.
Ambitious Dragon is out of unraced Oregon mare Golden Gamble (Oregon – Gilding, by Noble Bijou) and is a half-sister to Recall (Kaapstad – Gilding, by Noble Bijou) winner of the listed STC Winter Cup.
He was passed in for $47,500 at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, just $2500 shy of his reserve.
Ambitious Dragon has now won 13 times from 25 starts. He has won more races than any other son of Pins in Hong Kong.