Joy And Fun: tough gelding is the best performer by the late Danehill stallion CullenPICTURE: Hong Kong Jockey Club
Joy And Fun propels Cullen into spotlight
Sha Tin: Chairman's Sprint Prize (Group 1), 6f
JOY AND FUN 9 g Cullen - Gin Player (Defensive Play)
Bred by L. Williams in New Zealand
VETERAN Joy And Fun, the 2010 Al Quoz Sprint winner, shows no sign of slowing up. Making his 52nd start for Derek Cruz, the tough gelding denied Lucky Nine (by Dubawi) to take Sunday's valuable Chairman's Sprint Prize.
He was lining up in good form having run second last time out in the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup.
Joy And Fun is a son of the Australian Group 3 winner Cullen, who was based at Westbury Stud in New Zealand at the time of his death in November 2005. Joy And Fun is by far the best runner from the son of Danehill's four crops of racing age.
Bred in New Zealand, the gelding is out of the Defensive Play mare Gin Player and a half-brother to five winners including the South Australasian Oaks winner Zarita and Group 2-winning sprinter Run Like The Wind. His second dam, Gin Rhythm, was a Group 3 winner in New Zealand.