Glorious Days squared the ledger with arch-rival Ambitious Dragon (NZ) in the G1 HKJC Stewards’ Cup (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Glorious Days (6g Hussonet – San Century by Centaine) and Ambitious Dragon (Pins) have filled the quinella in three of their four clashes this season.
Ambitious Dragon took bragging rights in the G2 Sha Tin Trophy and G1 Hong Hong Mile. Glorious Day beat him in the G2 Jockey Club Mile and doubled his tally on Sunday while Ambitious Dragon finishing an uncharacteristic fourth.
“He always promised to deliver a performance like that,” trainer John Size said. “He was able to take advantage of the good speed and probably reached his best today.”
Size will set Glorious Days for the G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin on March 17 before heading back to Japan. “The Yasuda Kinen in June is an ideal race for him. He will go back there a different horse and will probably perform a lot better.”
Glorious Days is raced by Tom Brown’s Syndicate and the Stewards’ Cup improved his record to 7 wins from 13 starts for the equivalent of nearly NZ$3 million in prizemoney.
Bred by Richard Pietrykowski, Glorious Days was offered by Lyndhurst Farm at the NZB 2009 Karaka Premier Sale and Ready to Run 2YO Sale but failed to meet his reserve both times. He won on debut for Stephen McKee at Te Rapa before relocating to Hong Kong.
Joining Glorious Days among Karaka winning graduates at Sha Tin were Sea Dragon (Thorn Park), Smart Man (Stratum), Why Not (General Nediym) and Alpha Grand (Rakti).
G1 Stewards’ Cup winner at Sha Tin