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Liberator: Champions & Chater Cup winner was the star performer of the past season in Hong Kong for leading stallion Encosta De Lago

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Encosta crowned champion sire in HK

COOLMORE stallion Encosta De Lago has been crowned the leading Hong Kong sire of the 2011/2012 season by earnings.

The 19-year-old son of Fairy King, who stands at Coolmore Australia for A$82,500, ended the season as the sire of 14 winners of $HK26.6 million (£2,143,747/€2,732,867).

Encosta De Lago previously hit notoriety in Hong Kong as the sire of star sprinter Sacred Kingdom and was represented by another high-class performer this season in the Champions & Chater Cup winner Liberator. The four-year-old Australian-bred was crowned the season's champion stayer at the annual Hong Kong awards ceremony on Sunday.

Second spot was filled by another Coolmore inmate in Danehill Dancer, the sire of 15 winners of $HK23 million (£1,896,291/€2,418,111). His runners were topped by The Premier Bowl winner Rich Unicorn.

Darley stallion Cape Cross also enjoyed a good season in Hong Kong as the sire of five winners. They won $HK18.686 million (£1,540,328/€1,964,141) between them, enough to place him in fifth on the leading Hong Kong sires' table.

New Zealand-based stallions Pins and Falkirk filled third and fourth respectively.




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