Search
where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2024-05-26 14:44:39  
Rebel's Romance makes Hong Kong History

Rebel’s Romance, hailed as a “real international superstar” by jockey William Buick, secured a decisive victory in the G1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. Competing against seven top Hong Kong stayers, Rebel’s Romance triumphed by two lengths over Tony Cruz-trained Five G Patch and La City Blanche, marking Charlie Appleby’s first Hong Kong win and the first for an internationally trained horse in this event.

Owned by Godolphin, Rebel’s Romance showcased his travel and racing prowess by adding this victory to his impressive record, which includes wins in Germany, the United States, and the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic in March. Buick praised the team’s efforts, noting the horse’s readiness and impressive performance.

Buick strategically placed Rebel’s Romance behind the leader, Moments In Time, allowing the Dubawi gelding to find his rhythm before making his move as the race intensified. Despite early pressure, Rebel’s Romance responded well, demonstrating his versatility and strong finishing ability.

Rebel’s Romance clocked 2m 25.62s for the race. Appleby expressed delight for Godolphin and hinted at future plans for the horse, including a potential run in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) in December after a trip to the United States.

Meanwhile, dual winner Russian Emperor, trained by Douglas Whyte, finished seventh and may be retired following discussions with the owner. Jockey Hugh Bowman reported a strong early pace that didn’t favor Russian Emperor.

On the undercard, Zac Purton dominated with four wins, including victories on Smart Beauty, Divano, Bottomuptogether, and Call Me Glorious. Purton's success was mirrored by Francis Lui, who secured a double to match Pierre Ng's season tally of 59 wins.

Additionally, Thunder Blink continued his unbeaten streak for Jimmy Ting, and Ting also celebrated a win with Huge Wave. Jerry Chau and Alexis Badel also contributed to the day’s excitement with impressive performances, while Andrea Atzeni and Matthew Chadwick capped off the event with notable wins. 

Rate:
Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • Hong Kong
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    galaxy patch shines in group 3 premier plate victory2 days ago

    Galaxy Patch displayed his incredible speed once again at Sha Tin on Sunday, June 23, securing a d...

    View | Add Comment
    romantic warrior reigns supreme in record-breaking fwd qeii cup triumph2024-04-28

      In a display of sheer determination and unwavering spirit, Romantic Warrior once again etche...

    View | Add Comment
    invincible sage roars to victory in g1 chairman's sprint prize2024-04-28

    In a stunning display of speed and skill, Invincible Sage claimed victory in the prestigious G1 Chai...

    View | Add Comment
    voyage bubble sets on hk mile and the champ2024-04-28

    Ricky Yiu is gearing up Voyage Bubble to challenge Golden Sixty once more, aiming for victory in the...

    View | Add Comment
    ho ho for ho, as jock return in style 2024-04-14

    Vincent Ho, thrilled after securing his first double in nearly three months at Sha Tin on Sunday, is...

    View | Add Comment
    world's best sprinter suffers major injury blow2024-04-08

    Lucky Sweynesse has suffered a major injury post his stunning victory in Sundays Spring Cup win at S...

    View | Add Comment
    bowman now on lucky sweynesse 2024-03-27

    Hugh Bowman has secured the ride on Lucky Sweynesse for the upcoming Group Two Sprint Cup, making hi...

    View | Add Comment
    massive sovereign wins a smart hong kong derby 2024-03-24

    Massive Sovereign, formerly known as Broadhurst when trained by Aidan O’Brien in Ireland, stol...

    View | Add Comment
    big guns drawn wide for hk derby 2024-03-21

    Helios Express’ bid to match the towering feats of Rapper Dragon and Golden Sixty with a clean...

    View | Add Comment
    treble for teetan as young champion impresses2024-03-16

    Young Champion lived up to high expectations, leaving Karis Teetan impressed as he clinched victory ...

    View | Add Comment