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Ambitious Dragon storms past Xtension and Let Me Handle It to be crowned winner of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin 20.03.2011

Xtension (green colours) finishing second in the Hong Kong Derby

  PICTURE: Hong Kong Jockey Club  

First Group 1 glory for Darley Japan's Xaar


BMW CHampions Mile (Group 1), 1m, 3yo+

XTENSION (4 c Xaar - Great Joy by Grand Lodge)

Breeder: Paul McCartan

XAAR sired a first Group 1 winner on Monday when his son Xtension took the BMW Champions Mile at Sha Tin. The four-year-old was formerly trained by Clive Cox to win the Vintage Stakes as a juvenile and was third in the Dewhurst Stakes and fourth in the 2,000 Guineas, behind Makfi.

Xtension is now trained by John Moore and is another successful export to the Hong Kong stable by bloodstock agent Alastair Donald, who purchased the colt privately in August last year after his fourth-placed effort in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam.

He was sold to Clive Cox as a yearling for just €15,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September sale, offered by breeder Paul McCartan's Ballyphilip Stud.

The victory marks a Group 1 double for purchaser Alastair Donald, whose 60,000gns Tattersalls horses-in-training buy My Kingdom Of Fife took the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Xtension had finished second in the Mercedes Benz-sponsored Hong Kong Classic Mile and Hong Kong Derby at Group 1-level.

Bred and raced by Juddmonte, Xaar was a dual Group 1-winning juvenile with victories in the Dewhurst Stakes and Prix de la Salamandre.

Besides Xtension, the son of Zafonic has produced six other Group 2 winners including Balthazaar's Gift and Gimcrack scorer Tony James.

Xaar stands at a fee of JPY1 million (£7,376/€8,350).




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