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Good Ba Ba - Christophe Soumillion - Hong Kong Mile - Sha Tin - December 2008

Good Ba Ba repeats the dose in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin

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Repeat wins for Doctor Dino and Good Ba Ba light up Hong Kong

A STRONG sense of deja-vu was created by the victories of Doctor Dino in the Hong Kong Vase and Good Ba Ba in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin racecourse yesterday, as both horses were winning their respective races for the second successive year.

Doctor Dino and co - Hong Kong Vase - Sha Tin - December 2008 - Olivier Peslier - Richard Gibson

Doctor Dino returns in triumph

  PICTURE: HKJC 

Doctor Dino, a six-year-old son of Muhtathir trained in France by Richard Gibson, won the first international race of the night, the 1m4f Hong Kong Vase, in a thrilling finish to just deny the Luca Cumani-trained globetrotter Purple Moon.

This was Doctor Dino's third Group 1 win, after the Man O'War Stakes and the Hong Kong Vase in 2007. He has relatively humble beginnings for a multiple scorer at the highest level, as his dam, the 14-year-old Priolomare Logica, won only one race and he was bought for just €38,000 as a yearling at Deauville.

Good Ba Ba claimed his fifth Group 1 win in the Hong Kong Mile, breaking the track record by almost half a second in the process. The places were filled by local runners, with Able One in second.

Trained in Hong Kong by German Andreas Schütz, Good Ba Ba is a six-year-old gelding by Lear Fan, who died earlier this year, out of the Zilzal mare Elle Meme. He was purchased by Cash Asmussen at the Keeneland September yearling sale for $85,000.

Ballydoyle cast-off Eagle Mountain was the comfortable winner of the 1m2f Hong Kong Cup from the French-trained Balius and Sir Michael Stoute's Linngari.

The race provided the Mike De Kock-trained four-year-old son of Rock OfGibraltar with a well-deserved first win at Group 1 level after finishing second in last year's Derby and Champion Stakes and this year's Breeders' Cup Turf. Bred by London Thoroughbred Services, he is a half-brother to Prix Marcel Boussac heroine Sulk.

His dam, the 20-year-old Darshaan mare Masskana, was purchased by London Thoroughbred Servcies for 48,000gns at Tattersalls in 1994. Eagle Mountain was originally purchased by Demi O'Byrne for 220,000gns, while four more of his half-siblings have made in excess of 200,000gns as yearlings or foals.

The shock of the meeting was provided by 67-1 outsider Inspiration in the Hong Kong Sprint. He was a narrow neck winner from fellow local runner Green Birdie, with Australian darling Apache Cat half a length further back in third.

A five-year-old gelding by Flying Spur out of the Last Tycoon mare La Bamba, Inspiration is trained by John Moore. His victory marked the seventh consecutive success for Hong Kong-trained runners in this race, and it also means that every edition of the race since its inauguration in 1999 has been won by a horse bred in Australia.

Europe's champion sprinter Marchand D'Or finished unplaced in sixth.

 

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