Irish-bred horses acquire extensive weekend races in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia

1 of two | Enraged Frigid captures Sunday’s Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Stakes at Chukyo Racecourse. Photo by and courtesy of Masakazu Takahashi

March 25 (UPI) — High-level weekend horse racing all around the globe found Irish-bred horses winning the Hong Kong Derby, one of Japan’s two best seemingly plod races and one of 5 Community 1 stakes on the Saturday program in Australia.


Sunday’s Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen is one of most efficient two top-level sprints on the Eastern racing calendar and thus key to year-discontinuance honors.

Enraged Frigid, who performed 2d within the choice Community 1 plod, the Sprinters Stakes, last season, acquired the job executed this time, the exhaust of a rail-skimming time out to acquire by a head over gradual-closing Namura Clair with Hong Kong visitor Victor the Winner third.

Enraged Frigid’s rider, Ryusei Sakai, said he was as soon as “so ecstatic to dangle won this plod after our slim defeat last drop. He broke nicely and we were in location, exact slack the tempo, all around the time out. The opinion to stop within the within for our attack at the stretch also worked to our advantage and he held on nicely to discourage the plod from slack at the discontinuance.”

“I’ve been riding this horse from early in his profession and the connections had been eyeing this plod from the origin,” Sakai said. “But he mute has room for development so I glimpse ahead to his future as nicely.”

Enraged Frigid is an Irish-bred son of Darkish Angel.

Hong Kong

Big Sovereign was as soon as a newcomer to the Hong Kong Derby sequence when he lined up for the extensive plod Sunday at Sha Tin Racecourse and a relative newcomer to Hong Kong with most efficient one native plod to his credit score.

He however showed the sequence veterans the map it be executed, rallying dramatically by the closing 200 meters to acquire the breakaway chief and acquire by a nose over fellow closer Galaxy Patch.

Formerly trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, the No Nay By no map gelding performed in plod-anecdote time of 1:59.89, breaking the designate position in 2022 by eventual three-time Hong Kong Horse of the one year Golden Sixty.

Trainer Dennis Yip said the acquire, all things being nicely, was as soon as ample to enter Big Sovereign in subsequent month’s Community 1 QE II Cup at the same 2,000 meters because the Derby and his first victory in Hong Kong.

“I in actuality feel extremely honored and privileged to dangle found this type of horse to acquire it,” said jockey Zac Purton, who acquired merely his 2d Derby acquire.

“Or no longer it’s miles the most prestigious plod in Hong Kong and I’ve had a frustrating plod on this plod and a frustrating season, so it be nice to earn one other extensive one — and maybe the best seemingly one among the native races total.”


It was as soon as a day stuffed with Community 1 showdowns, four of them at Rosehill Gardens.

Girl of Camelot emerged from between competitors in a furious fee to the attain in Saturday’s Community 1 Golden Slipper, billed because the richest 2-year-extinct plod on this planet, and won by a head from 41-1 likelihood Coleman.

The fave, Storm Boy, broke poorly but raced nicely to earn help to attain third.

Girl of Camelot, a daughter of Written Tycoon from the Fastnet Rock mare Breeze over Debutante, began the season with a formidable Community 3 acquire at Rosehill Gardens and adopted that with a 2d within the Community 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.

By ability of Sistina rallied from the help of the discipline to take dangle of the 2,000-meters Ranvet Stakes decisively over Contrivance du Carrousel as most efficient six faced the starter.

A 6-year-extinct Irish-bred mare by Fastnet Rock, By ability of Sistina was as soon as having her first begin up of the autumn season for trainer Chris Waller. Previously raced in England, the tidy mare performed 2d to King of Metallic within the Community 1 British Champion Stakes at Ascot in her final look sooner than transport.

Riff Rocket was as soon as scratched out of the Ranvet by trainer Waller in desire of the Rosehill Guineas and replied with a with regards to last-to-first victory, defeating Coelwulf by some 3/4 lengths.

The American Pharoah gelding, who won the Community 1 Victoria Derby in November, was as soon as subsequent-last nearing the turn, acquired into equipment within the closing 200 meters and hit the entrance with some 50 meters to plod.

Veight edged Girl Laguna within the 1,500-meters George Ryder Stakes in a minor upset with the very lukewarm common, Think About It, reporting fourth.

A 3-year-extinct son of the Fresh Zealand stallion Say, Veight improved on his 2d-location attain within the Community 1 Australian Guineas.

At The Valley, odds-on common Imperatriz merely did earn the acquire by a head over 70-1 long shot Johnny Rocker within the William Reed Stakes. Imperatriz, a 5-year-extinct I Am Invincible mare, earlier within the season won the Community 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington and performed 2d slack Cylinder within the Community 1 Newmarket.

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