Sacred Capital in Brilliant First up Win

Derby winner Sacred Capital produced a brilliant performance first up to storm home right over the top of his rivals in Saturday’s Class 1 Handicap over 1050 metres.

Ridden by regular rider Peter Ho, Sacred Capital  was first up since December 7, where he ran a splendid second to sand specialist Hostwin Meraki over 1350 metres in his first run on the all weather.

SACRED CAPITAL winning the THE ZHONGSHAN Picture: Macau Jockey Club

In Saturday's race which on paper looked a bit on the short side for him, he was up against the likes of the track record holder the flying Fasuba and course specialists such as Striking Achiever, and rising stars Mountain Tiger and Fortune Treasure.

In a race that was always going to run at a hot speed, Sacred Capital began only fairly but was given a reminder by Peter Ho in an attempt to stay in touch; the gelding settled eight lengths off the leader Fasuba who was hotly pursued by Mountain Tiger, Fortune Treasure and Striking Achiever.

HARVEST YEAR winning the THE GUANGZHOU Picture: Macau Jockey Club

Down the side Sacred Capital started to reel in the pack, and it was evident coming to the corner that the son of O'Reilly (NZ) was going to be right in the finish, being only four lengths off Fasuba on the turn.  Mountain Tiger  (Luis Corrales) darted through on the inside and momentarily looked a threat at the two hundred, however Sacred Capital let down magnificently late to power right over the top of them.

OJALA winning the THE NANHAI
OJALA winning the THE NANHAI Picture: Macau Jockey Club

Sacred Capital has now won seven races in Macau with two second placed efforts and two unplaced runs for close to $4 million HKD in prize money.

The five year old New Zealand bred gelding is now Macau's highest rated galloper on 128 points and has evolved into the perfect racehorse. He has won from 1050 metres (sand), 1200 metres (turf) and up to 1800 metres on the turf including wins in the MJC 30th Anniversary Cup (1500), the Macau Derby in track record time, along with the Macau Gold Cup both at 1800 metres.

GORGEOUS BOMB winning the THE PANYU Picture: Macau Jockey Club

The gelding has proved himself on any type of track be it sand, turf and on both good and soft tracks. In races from 1500 metres up he has good gate speed and can lead or take a sit; hence his magnificent effort in the Derby from gate 14 to be second in the box seat on the rail out of the straight the first time.

Throw into that an unlucky fourth beaten two lengths in the Group 3 Sa Sa Ladies Purse over 1800 metres at Sha Tin back in November behind Southern Legend, and a creditable third to Doctor Geoff only one and three quarters away in the January Cup at Happy Valley also a Group 3 at 1800 metres.

All in all it's been a very satisfying ride for owners Mr. Chen Ching Lung and Dato KS Yap.

Gorgeous Bomb  is a newcomer going places after his dazzling all the way win in the Class 2 over 1200 metres on Saturday.

Ridden by Brazilian rider Dayverson Barros, Gorgeous Bomb took control of the race out of the gates and was rated nicely up front.  Chased in the run by race favorite Hostwin Shadow (J B Hamel), Gorgeous Bomb slipped further ahead rounding the turn and kept up a strong gallop right to the line, winning by one and quarter lengths on the from Luen On Treasure (Stephane Ladjadj), with Hostwin Shadow in third.

Formerly racing in New Zealand as Copper Mine, the son of All Too Hard  (Aus) was prepared by Catherine Cameron at Cambridge. The gelding won two races there a 3YO maiden at Ruakaka and a BM65 at Waikato.

An impressive win at his second run in Macau at odds of $180.00 caught the eye and the gelding showed on Saturday the rise in grade was no handicap, he will have no problem at Class 1 & 2 level.

The win gave Brazilian rider Dayversom Barros his 19th win for the season and puts him in fifth spot on the championship ladder.

Harvest Year  is another new kid on the block with a good future ahead of him following his win in the Class  5 & 6 over 1050 metres.

Prepared by Alan Tam and ridden by Roger Yu, Harvest Year had to work hard in the run from his wide gate and had to really dig in deep to beat Circuit Guy (Luis Corrales), with Hostwin Panther (Fausto Henrique) in third.

Harvest Year is by the Irish 2000 Guineas winner Power (GB), from the Orpen (USA) mare Varmint Lady making him a full brother to the top notch sprinter Fasuba.  Whilst Saturday's race was not big on class, Harvest Year at three years old is still very much on a learning curve and for owner Mr. Char On Man it will be onwards and upward from here.

Japanese rider Massa Tanaka has now firmly established himself in the enclave with win number four on the Alan Tam trained Ojala in the Class 2 & 3 over 1510 metres on Saturday.

Ojala  is an Irish bred galloper that won three races in the UK before being exported Macau, his victory on the weekend was his third in the enclave; however his time here has been punctuated by bad racing manners especially a tendency to hang in his races.  Perseverance has paid off and Tam seems to have the son of Epaulette (Aus) back on track of late with more consistency on his runs.

For Massa Tanaka the win continued his run of success of late. After taking 31 rides to break the ice in Macau Tanaka has now found himself in consistent demand from owners and trainers.

Tanaka is a product of the Apprentice Racing Academy at Deagon in Queensland, Australia where he was schooled by the great Mel Schumacher and Australia's pioneer lady jockey Pam O'Neill.

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