NZ Bloodstock’s National weanling sale received another feature update on Sunday when Little Bridge captured the G2 HKJC Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.
The Danny Shum trained galloper overhauled front-runner Leading City (Shamardal) and then extended in the last 100 metres to win by three-quarters-of-a-length. He was coming off a G3 victory in the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1000m).
Little Bridge (5g Faltaat – Golden Rose by Gold Brose) was part of the Wentwood Grange draft at NZ Bloodstock’s 2007 National weanling sale when changing hands for just $9,000. He is raced by Ko Kam Piu and has won 9 of his 19 starts for over HK$11 million in stakes.
Shum will now head to England with the NZ bred gelding where he is nominated for the G1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) and G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot in June.
In a timely fillip for NZ Bloodstock’s Weanling & Broodmare Sale, now just one week away, the weanling session has produced a number of top horses including Group 1 winners Sousa (Galileo) and Nacho Man (Mr. Nancho), Group 2 Wellington Guineas winner Barside (Tobougg), and current-season stakes winners Guns at Five (Duelled) and Whoshe (Storm Creek).
Other NZ Bloodstock graduates in winning form at Sha Tin’s Sunday meeting were Cheerful Double (Keeper) and Can Do (Fast ‘N’ Famous).
Cheerful Double (NZ) was a $110,000 purchase by NZB (as agent) from The Oaks Stud at the 2008 Karaka Premier Sale. Can Do (NZ) was an $80,000 purchase from Highview Stud at the 2010 Karaka Select Sale.
NZ Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale from May 7 to 9, has 350 weanlings catalogued by 75 individual sires set to go under the hammer.