Fay Fay (NZ) claim back-to-back victories for Karaka graduates in the G1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Fay Fay (4g Falkirk – Glamaine by Centaine) crossed the field to settle one off the leader Bullish Champion under champion jockey Douglas Whyte. Asked to extend in the final 200 metres, the Kiwi bred gelding held off a brave finish from Tucuman to win the coveted classic by a neck.
Champion trainer John Size was elated with his first Hong Kong Derby victory. “It’s always nice to win a big race and in Hong Kong the biggest race is the Derby. Fay Fay was injured and had more than 12 months off the track through his three-year-old year but that has probably stood him in good stead.”
Owned by Alexander Wong and his sister Nancy, Fay Fay followed Karaka graduate Ambitious Dragon (Pins) who won the Hong Kong Derby and Horse of the Year honours last year.
New Zealand bred horses have claimed six of the last nine HK Derbys with Ambitious Dragon (2011), Super Satin (2010), Vital King (2007), Vengeance of Rain (2005) and Lucky Owners (2004).
Bred by Peter Smith, Fay Fay is the third stakes winner for his sire Falkirk who is now second on Hong Kong’s sires’ premiership behind fellow Kiwi stallion Pins. Standing at Windsor Park Stud, Falkirk has also sired smart Group 3 winners Durham Town and Jaggard.
Fay Fay was offered by Maara Grange at NZ Bloodstock’s 2009 Karaka Festival Sale where he was purchased for $13,000. He was later re-offered by Poplar Lodge at the 2009 Ready to Run Sale.
Fay Fay has now won 6 of his 11 starts and he was also a nose second to Sweet Orange in the G1 HK Classic Mile.
Thumbs Up (Shinko King) capped of a highly successful night for New Zealand at Sha Tin on Sunday when he won the G3 Premier Plate. Earlier in his career, the NZ bred gelding won the 2009 G1 Classic Mile and ran second in the G1 Hong Kong Derby.
The feature double has taken the amount of stakes races won by New Zealand bred horses in Hong Kong this season to 10 which is double that of the next best nation.
Hong Kong Derby winner is a son of Falkirk