King Dancer takes the Hong Kong Derby Trial under Gerald MossePICTURE: HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB
Irish-bred King Dancer wins HK Derby Trial
FORMER European-trained runners figured prominently in the 1m1f Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial at Sha Tin today, in the biggest race of the Chinese New Year meeting.
The winner, King Dancer, raced in Britain as a juvenile under the name Uramazin.
Other former European runners included ex-Ballydoyle pair Westphalia (now Super Pistachio), who finished fifth and Freemantle (now Straight Forward), who was last of the 13 runners.
Last year's German 2,000 Guineas winner Irian was fourth.
King Dancer, a son of Danehill Dancer, was bred in Ireland by Davin Investments out of the German-bred Acatenango mare Uriah, a winner of the Grade 2 Long Island Handicap.
He was sold at the 2007 Goffs Million for €45,000.
He was trained in Britain by Alan Swinbank to win a 6f maiden at two in 2008, and is now handled by former Newmarket-based trainer Sean Woods.