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Posted 2024-04-28 10:25:08  
Invincible Sage roars to victory in G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize

In a stunning display of speed and skill, Invincible Sage claimed victory in the prestigious G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize, marking a triumphant return for trainer David Hall to the top ranks of Hong Kong racing.

Under the masterful guidance of jockey Hugh Bowman, Invincible Sage expertly navigated the rain-drenched Sha Tin track on April 28th, surging ahead of competitors Victor The Winner and California Spangle to cross the finish line with a commanding lead of one and a half lengths. Clocking in at an impressive 1 minute and 9.33 seconds, this win not only secured Hall's first top-level triumph since 2008 but also revitalized his prominence in the Hong Kong racing scene.

Despite the challenging conditions, California Spangle managed to secure second place, while Mugen clinched third, with Hall's Flying Ace soaring into fourth position, rounding out a stellar performance for the trainer.

Reflecting on the victory, Hall expressed his elation, acknowledging the drought he had experienced at the highest echelons of racing. He credited Invincible Sage's progressive nature and suitability to the soft ground, though he remained curious about the horse's potential on firmer tracks.

Invincible Sage's journey to glory began in Australia, where he secured three consecutive victories as a two-year-old before joining Hall's stable. With a track record of success on soft surfaces, the yielding conditions at Sha Tin played to his strengths, further enhancing Hall's confidence in his charge.

The race also saw California Spangle, aiming for a historic third consecutive Group One win, contend with the softened track, a factor that may have contributed to his ultimate second-place finish.

Looking ahead, Mugen's trainer Pierre Ng hinted at a potential bid for the G1 Manikato Stakes in September, while Japanese raider Mad Cool, despite his previous triumphs, failed to make an impact after exerting pressure on the early leaders.

For Bowman, the victory was a testament to Invincible Sage's exceptional talent and adaptability, praising the horse as a top-class competitor. He lauded Hall's unwavering support and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to ride such a remarkable athlete.

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