Buddies Celebration victory

Yarraman Park-bred son of So You Think becomes the 35th stakes winner for his sire

BUDDIES
BUDDIES Picture: Trish Dunell

The victory of the Tony Cruz-trained Buddies (6 g ex Gladwell by Anabaa) in Sunday’s Celebration Cup (Gr 3, 1400m) at Sha Tin provided his Coolmore-based sire So You Think (High Chaparral) with his 35th stakes winner. 

Buddies had been winless in nine starts since November last year and started as a 23-1 outsider. He made all under Matthew Chadwick and held on in the final 200 metres to score a three quarter length victory over Tourbillon Diamond (Olympic Glory). Favourite Sky Darci (Darci Brahma) was the same distance back in third. 

“Not really a surprise because I expected to be up the front,” Cruz said. “I expected him to lead this race and, on this track today, I think it was an advantage to lead. He had a light weight (113lb), so I got the right jockey on him.

“He’s a good front rider, Matthew Chadwick. It was not a big surprise to win it. I expected him to run in the first four. Last season, he ran fifth (in the same race behind Golden Sixty) and this year he is much fitter for the race.

“This horse has won by leading before, he’s an honest horse but I know he is at his peak today.”

Cruz said that the Australian-bred will target the Premier Bowl Handicap (Gr 2, 1200m) next.  

“A mile is too long for him, 1200 metres is too short for him. But I don’t have an option at 1400 (metres), so I’ll go to the 1200 (metres) race on 17 October,” he said. “Seven furlongs is his best distance but I don’t have any races for him.”

Buddies was bought for $320,000 by George Moore Bloodstock from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. He is the first stakes winner and is one of two winners out of stakes placed Anabaa (Danzig) mare Gladwell who was bought by Magic Millions as agent at the 2014 Magic Millions Patinack Farm Complete Dispersal. She produced another colt by So You Think last year before slipping to Churchill (Galileo). 

So You Think’s stakes winners are headed by seven Group One winners in Quick Thinker, Think It Over, La Bella Diosa, Nakeeta Jane, Sopressa, D’Argento and Inference. 


Racing and Sports



Sha Tin

Sunday, 26th September 2021

7
16:05
(local)

The Celebration Cup (Hcp) (G3)

WT: 44.0kg Type: OPEN
HKD $3,700,000
1400m TURF GOOD FIRM
7
16:05
(local)
HKD $3,700,000
1400m GOOD FIRM

The Celebration Cup (Hcp) (G3)

WT: 44.0kg Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 7. BUDDIES (AUS) 6yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - GLADWELL (AUS)
M CHADWICK
A S CRUZ
$26.00
51.5kg
Wong Chin Leung

Sales Information

2nd 8. TOURBILLON DIAMOND (AUS) 5yo G
OLYMPIC GLORY (IRE) - MODAVE (NZ)
ALEX BADEL
C S SHUM
$5.50
51.5kg
Shum Mak Ling, Jimmy Tang, Bennie Lau Yuk Lung & William Shum Wai Lam

Sales Information

3rd 3. SKY DARCI (NZ) 5yo G
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - STRICTLY MATERNAL (NZ)
JOAO MOREIRA
CASPAR FOWNES
$1.90
54.5kg
Jessica Kwan Mun Hang

Sales Information

4th 5. DUKE WAI (NZ) 6yo G
PER INCANTO (USA) - SWAN LAKE (NZ)
V BORGES
P O'SULLIVAN
$10.00
51.5kg

Sales Information

5th 4. CHAMPION'S WAY (AUS) 6yo G
HINCHINBROOK (AUS) - GRETA'S YARN (AUS)
K TEETAN
JOHN SIZE
$12.00
54.0kg

Sales Information

6th 1. SOUTHERN LEGEND (AUS) 9yo G
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - DONNA'S APPEAL (AUS)
ZAC PURTON
CASPAR FOWNES
$9.00
60.5kg

Sales Information

7th 6. RUSSIAN EMPEROR (IRE) 4yo G
GALILEO (IRE) - ATLANTIC JEWEL (AUS)
JERRY CHAU
D WHYTE
$16.00
52.5kg
8th 9. DECRYPT (GB) 5yo G
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - SHE'S A WORLDIE (IRE)
M YEUNG
DAVID A HAYES
$61.00
51.5kg

Sales Information

9th 2. MIGHTY GIANT (NZ) 6yo G
POWER (GB) - WANDEROV (NZ)
MATTHEW POON
P F YIU
$11.00
57.0kg