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Posted 2024-04-28 10:56:51  
Romantic Warrior Reigns Supreme in Record-Breaking FWD QEII Cup Triumph


In a display of sheer determination and unwavering spirit, Romantic Warrior once again etched his name in the annals of racing history, securing an unprecedented third FWD QEII Cup victory at Sha Tin on Sunday, April 28th.

Despite facing adversity from the outset, with a challenging draw in stall ten and a pace that worked against him, Romantic Warrior, under the masterful guidance of jockey James McDonald, delivered a performance for the ages. Battling against a field of rivals conspiring to thwart his ambitions, the six-year-old surged forward with unmatched resolve, ultimately edging out the valiant Prognosis by a neck at the wire.

McDonald, overcome with emotion, hailed Romantic Warrior's extraordinary prowess, marveling at his ability to overcome every obstacle in his path. Despite encountering numerous setbacks throughout the race, including being forced wide around the home turn, Romantic Warrior refused to be denied, showcasing the same tenacity that has established him as Hong Kong's premier middle-distance horse.

This latest triumph adds to Romantic Warrior's illustrious resume, which includes victories in prestigious races such as the G1 W.S. Cox Plate, G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup, and G1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup. With his sights now set on further international acclaim, trainer Danny Shum is considering a return to Japan for the G1 Yasuda Kinen, provided the gallant gelding continues to excel in his preparations.

Reflecting on the historic win, Shum emphasized the horse's well-being as a top priority, acknowledging the toll of the grueling race. McDonald's strategic ride, maintaining balance and momentum throughout, played a pivotal role in securing Romantic Warrior's triumph, further cementing the bond between horse and rider.

In a day marked by challenging conditions and formidable competition, Romantic Warrior's victory shines as a beacon of resilience and excellence, solidifying his place among the ahobg Kong racing greats. 

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