The staunch rivalry between Karaka graduates Ambitious Dragon and Glorious Days continued in the G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Going into the race it was two wins apiece for Glorious Days (Hussonet) and Ambitious Dragon (Pins) but last night all honours lay with Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon who claimed victory in a stunning display of talent.
Ambitious Dragon won the G1 Hong Kong Mile in December last year before finishing an uncharacteristic fourth to Glorious Days at his last start in the G1 Stewards’ Cup.
The Tony Millard trained son of Pins raced at the back of the field under jockey Zac Purton on Sunday. He tracked Glorious Days into the straight and then accelerated to a convincing two length win over Time After Time. Glorious Days finished third.
“He will definitely go for the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes,” said Millard. “As long as I can keep him fresh and train him as I would like, he’ll run a big race in the QEII.
“You can disregard his last race, he got a bash around the turn and when he came out of that he didn’t want to run so he was out of work for a few days, which for him was an issue.
“He got the ideal run this time. The pace was on and he showed us what a champion he is. You can’t describe how that feels because a lot goes into it.”
Ambitious Dragon (NZ) continues to thrill Hong Kong racing fans and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup was his 13th win from 25 starts for owners Johnson Lam Pui Hung and Anderson Lam Hin Yue.
Bred by Pat Lowry, Ambitious Dragon was offered by Belvedere Farm at NZ Bloodstock’s 2008 Karaka Select Sale.