New Zealand Bloodstock graduates have been in the spotlight at the 2013 Champions Awards in Hong Kong.
Ambitious Dragon (NZ) was named Champion Miler and All You Wish (NZ) the Champion Griffin.
Ambitious Dragon (Pins) is a two-time HK Horse of the Year and he successfully defended the Champion Miler Award he also received in 2012 season. His best victory of the season came in the G1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) during the coveted international race meeting, turning the tables on Glorious Days.
Ambitious Dragon is by Waikato Stud’s outstanding sire Pins. He was offered but passed through the ring at NZB’s 2007 Karaka Select Sale by Belvedere Farm.
Ambitious Dragon is trained in Hong Kong by Tony Milliard for Johnson Lam Pui Hung & Anderson Lam Hin Yue. The gelding has put together an impressive record of 13 wins for earnings over HK$57 million.
Ambitious Dragon was the reigning Horse of the Year in Hong Kong but was beaten by Hong Kong Cup hero Military Attack (Ire) this year. The same horse also took the Champion Middle Distance award that Ambitious Dragon claimed last year. Ambitious Dragon was kept to the mile distance this year, only stepping out once beyond 1600m.
All You Wish (Thorn Park) completed a double on the night for NZB graduates when taking out the Champion Griffin Award which is presented to the best two or three-year-old import.
All You Wish debuted in December winning over 1200m. He was beaten second-up when carrying 60.5kg and then put together a winning sequence of four in a row over 1400m.
All You Wish is trained by Dennis Yip who selected the horse out of NZB’s 2011 Ready to Run Sale. He was purchased for $250,000 from the draft of Beatson Stables and has earned just over HK$3 million.
In a fitting end to the season, the great results continued for NZB graduates as they took out 6 races on the 11-race card at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Silver Dragon (Cape Cross), Dining Star (Elusive City), Khaya (Librettist), Beauty Journey (Keeper), My Favourite (Haradasun) & All You Wish (Thorn Park) saluted in consecutive races on closing night.