The 2018 Kentucky Derby moved a little clearer into focus as did feature carnivals in Australia and South Africa after China Horse Club members enjoyed a stellar weekend of winners. Members enjoyed no less than seven wins, three at stakes level, across four different countries as Quip (USA), Assimilate (Australia), Dagmar (South Africa), Conquest (Australia), Inspired Estelle (Australia), Curvature (Singapore) and Justify (USA) were snapped in winning photos.
Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club
“The China Horse Club was started to help Chinese to go racing to the world. This weekend members enjoyed our most successful weekend of racing to date in terms of wins and locations of wins,” said Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club.
“To have won seven races across four countries is a tremendous result and one all members should be very proud of. Importantly, there were a series of very significant race results among these wins headed by Quip’s win in the Tampa Bay Derby and Dagmar becoming the club’s first stakes winner in South Africa.
“Our club enjoyed one of its finest moments in its short history last year in the Kentucky Oaks and it remains one of our goals to help Chinese win the Kentucky Derby as well. The dream lives on in 2018.”
Book-ending the weekend results were the successes of Quip in the USD400,000 G2 Tampa Bay Derby and Justify in an optional-claiming allowance race in California. And while the standing of the two events couldn’t have been more diverse, the outcomes ensured that both exciting colts remain on the USD2 million Kentucky Derby path and zeroed in on the ‘First Saturday in May’.
Quip was rugged when toughing out a game win in Florida and may have all but ensured a Derby berth. Justify was electrifying yet again. His debut win in February was a 9.5 length exhibition. His win in the early hours of this morning was by an effortless 6.5 length margin. His next start will be paramount to determine whether he is a serious Kentucky Derby contender or whether he needs more seasoning before being tested at the highest levels.
In Australia, Assimilate returned to winning form when rocketing from near last to win the G3 AUD130,000 Canberra Guineas (1400m). The performance was a litmus test ahead of the lucrative The Championships in Sydney next month. Stablemate Conquest carried on the winning form on the same Canberra programme when leading throughout to post his second career win in only five starts. Their successes mirrored the performance of Inspired Estelle 24 hours earlier who was dominant in Brisbane in a Doomben 1200m handicap.
In South Africa, Dagmar launched the China Horse Club’s stakes winning tally with a dominant two length debut win in the R150,000 Listed Ruffian Stakes. The powerfully made filly could not have been more impressive nor her impact more significant as she lifted the number of countries CHC members have won races in to 11.
Dagmar was bred and sold by China Horse Club IAC member Dr Andreas Jacobs under his Maine Chance Farms banner. Mr Jacobs purchased Maine Chance Farms in 2002.
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