53 Darci Brahma

Amazing Star takes Sprint Cup

Amazing Star.
Amazing Star. Picture: HKJC

The Oaks Stud-based stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill) was handed his 53rd stakes winner on Monday when the Jimmy Ting-trained New Zealand-bred Amazing Star (6 g ex Bright Abyss by Royal Academy) caused a boilover when he narrowly won the Sprint Cup (Gr 2, 1200m) at Sha Tin. 

Sent off at huge odds of 178/1, the six-year-old gelding emerged from the pack with 100 metres left to travel and gained the lead inside the final 50 metres, just having enough to stave off the late advances of Australian-bred Stronger (Not A Single Doubt), eventually beating him by a short-head. Fellow Australian-bred Beauty Applause (Stratum) was another length away in third. 

“I still do not believe it,” said Ting, celebrating the most important win of his training career since being granted a full licence in 2018/19.

“Maybe the pace was a bit fast and it was suitable for him and it was a comfortable race. We had a lot of luck.

“After the start, I didn’t think we could win. Over the last 200 metres, I thought he had a chance – only then.

“At the beginning of the race, I didn’t think he could win. I was hoping he could run a place.

“This is the biggest win for me. Hopefully, there’s some more.”

Asked if a tilt at crack Japanese sprinter Danon Smash (Lord Kanaloa) in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (Gr 1, 1200m) was feasible – along with a HK$180,000 supplementary entry fee – Ting was non-committal.

“At this stage, I don’t know. The horse’s fitness is everything. He suffers from back problems, so I don’t know,” he said.

“He is an amazing horse – his name is Amazing Star.”

Amazing Star was purchased by SG Lennox for NZ$30,000 at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka National Yearling Sale and he takes his record to seven wins from 22 starts, with prize-money earnings of HK$9,062,690. 

The gelding is one of two winners out of Listed-placed Royal Academy (Nijinsky) mare Bright Abyss, while this is also the same family as Grade 1 winner Snow Chief (Reflected Glory) and Grade 2 scorer Mujaazif (Alydar). 

In 2019 Bright Abyss produced a colt Darley Stud shuttler Harry Angel (Dark Angel) and she was covered by fellow Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry) last spring. 

Darci Brahma’s progeny is headed by 11 Group 1 winners, including Hong Kong elite level winner D B Pin, while Amazing Star becomes the fourth stakes winner for the son of Danehill (Danzig) in Hong Kong. 


Racing and Sports



Sha Tin

Monday, 05th April 2021

9
17:10
(local)

The Sprint Cup (G2)

Age: 3yo and up
HKD $4,500,000
1200m TURF GOOD
9
17:10
(local)
HKD $4,500,000
1200m GOOD

The Sprint Cup (G2)

Age: 3yo and up
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 9. AMAZING STAR (NZ) 6yo G
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - BRIGHT ABYSS (USA)
V BORGES
K H TING
$201.00
56.0kg
Grinders' Racing Club Syndicate

Sales Information

2nd 8. STRONGER (AUS) 4yo H
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - STAR PUPIL (AUS)
C Y HO
D WHYTE
$26.00
56.0kg
Cheung Hon Kit, Joanna Cheung Wai Sze & Jonathan Cheung Yu Shing

Sales Information

3rd 11. BEAUTY APPLAUSE (AUS) 5yo G
STRATUM (AUS) - EASY STEP (AUS)
JOAO MOREIRA
JOHN SIZE
$5.50
56.0kg
Junbon Chan Chun Bong

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4th 1. WISHFUL THINKER (AUS) 7yo G
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - ZEBITHEA (AUS)
DEREK LEUNG
C H YIP
$21.00
56.0kg

Sales Information

5th 3. WELLINGTON (AUS) 4yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - MIHIRI (AUS)
ALEX BADEL
R GIBSON
$2.75
56.0kg

Sales Information

6th 2. COMPUTER PATCH (AUS) 4yo R
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - GIRL HUSSLER (AUS)
N CALLAN
A S CRUZ
$9.00
56.0kg

Sales Information

7th 7. VOYAGE WARRIOR (AUS) 5yo G
DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) - CHALEUR (NZ)
R MAIA
P F YIU
$31.00
56.0kg

Sales Information

8th 4. BIG PARTY (AUS) 5yo G
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - DE GROOVE (AUS)
K TEETAN
F C LOR
$21.00
56.0kg

Sales Information

9th 12. SKY FIELD (AUS) 4yo G
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - LARAVISSANTE (NZ)
ZAC PURTON
CASPAR FOWNES
$4.75
56.0kg

Sales Information

10th 5. FAT TURTLE (AUS) 6yo G
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - PILYA (USA)
CHAD SCHOFIELD
F C LOR
$26.00
56.0kg
11th 13. WINNING DREAMER (NZ) 4yo G
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - MARKISA (NZ)
MATTHEW POON
F C LOR
$10.00
56.0kg

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12th 10. BUDDIES (AUS) 5yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - GLADWELL (AUS)
BLAKE SHINN
A S CRUZ
$101.00
56.0kg

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13th 6. REGENCY LEGEND (NZ) 5yo G
PINS (AUS) - SPARKLING (NZ)
TONY PICCONE
C S SHUM
$41.00
56.0kg

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