New Zealand’s reputation as one of the world’s most prolific source of Derby winners was highlighted again on Sunday evening when Mr Ambassador (NZ) became the 15th New Zealand bred Derby winner worldwide since 2010.
Mr Ambassador (Danasinga) powered away to win the Listed Perak Derby (2400m) in Malaysia. He began racing in New Zealand under the name The Embassy. Trained by Chris Waller, the gelding won his debut at Te Aroha over 1400 metres and was taken to Australia in May 2009.
The Embassy won four of his 14 starts across the Tasman topped by the G3 Randwick City Stakes (2000m) before transferring to Malaysia to race under the new name Mr Ambassador.
Bred by Martin Dalgleish, Mr Ambassador was purchased from The Oaks Stud at NZB’s 2007 Karaka Select Sale for $46,000. He was then offered at NZBs 2007 Ready to Run Sale where he was purchased by Frontier Bloodstock from Curraghmore Stud for $100,000.
Mr Ambassador is the fourth New Zealand bred Derby winner worldwide this season. Karaka graduate Sangster (NZ) opened that account with a stunning victory in the G1 VRC Derby in the spring.
The son of Savabeel was quickly followed by Fay Fay (NZ). The Falkirk gelding became the sixth New Zealand bred and/or sold winner of the G1 Hong Kong Derby in the last nine years.
O’Reilly filly Silent Achiever (NZ) provided the third success when she powered away to win the G1 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie in March.