Karaka graduates dominate in Hong Kong

Karaka graduates kept up the winning momentum in Hong Kong on Sunday producing 8 of the 11 winners.

The Reunification Cup (1400m) was the feature at Sha Tin and it was won by the NZ bred Real Specialist.  He has won four of nine starts this campaign for trainer John Size and owners Kenneth and Judy Lau.

Real Specialist (Storming Home) was purchased by Waikato Bloodstock from Curraghmore Stud at NZ Bloodstock’s 2009 Karaka Select Sale for $90,000.  He has now won over $650,000.

Trainer Francis Lui celebrated a Karaka graduate double with Fiery Whisperer (Shinko King) and General Danroad (Danroad) on Sunday night.  Fiery Whisperer was offered by Te Runga Stud at last year’s Karaka Festival Sale and General Danroad was a $12,000 purchase from Chequers Stud at the 2007 Carnival Sale.

Trainer Derek Cruz also celebrated a winning double with Karaka graduates courtesy of Alp’s Glory (Postponed) and Wrath of Fire (Bahhare).  Alp’s Glory was a $110,000 purchase for owner Philip Chu out of the Twin Pines draft at the 2009 Karaka Select Sale.

Wrath of Fire won for the fourth time and he has been consistent performer running a good race in the G3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) two starts ago.  He is raced by Chow Chu May Ping and was purchased from Rich Hill Stud’s draft as a weanling at the 2008 NZB National Sale for $16,000.  He has now won over $365,000 in stakes.

Danny Shum, trainer of the G1 King’s Stand Stakes winner and Karaka graduate Little Bridge, continued his highly successful season with Owner’s Pride (Barely a Moment).  The gelding had been offered by Charisse Lodge at the 2010 Ready to Run Sale.

The Tony Millard trained Lucky Record (Exceed and Excel) completed a double for NZB’s Ready to Run Sale on Sunday.  A $240,000 purchase from Lyndhurst Farm at the 2009 2YO Sale, Lucky Record claimed the third win of his career by three-quarters-of-a-length for owners William and Raymond Ching.

Nice Folks (Ishiguru) completed back-to-back victories on Sunday night for trainer Michael Chang.  He was purchased by Roger James from Chequers Stud for $45,000 at NZB’s 2008 Karaka Select Sale and has earned just on $430,000 in stakes.

It capped off a successful weekend for Ishiguru who sired LR Caloundra Cup winner Shenzhou Steeds at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.