Thumbs Up sticks his head out to win the Hong Kong Classic MilePICTURE: Hong Kong Jockey Club
Thumbs Up for Shinko King in HK Classic Mile
THUMBS UP threw down a marker for the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby in March with a short-head victory in the Hong Kong Classic Mile (HK-Gr1) at Sha Tin today.
Saddled by local trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing and ridden by Christophe Soumillon, the New Zealand-bred four-year-old held on tenaciously to fend off the challenges of More Bountiful, who finished second, and the third, Kings Falcon.
Thumbs Up is a son of Shinko King, a Fairy King half-brother to 1992 Derby winner Dr Devious who stands at Paxton Park in New Zealand.
The highlight of Shinko King's racing career was a victory in the Takamatsunomiya Hai, a Japanese Group 1 race over 6f.
He initially stood at Lex Stud in Japan but it is in the southern hemisphere that he has had most success, siring three Group 1 winners in the shape of Queensland Oaks winner Eskimo Queen, New Zealand Oaks heroineBramble Rose and last year's New Zealand Derby winner C'Est La Guerre, who subsequently finished third in the Melbourne Cup in November.
Shinko King stood at a fee of NZ$5,500 (£2,022/€2,241) at Paxton Park in 2008.