Beauty Flash’s dominant victory in the Gr.1 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin last Sunday yet again confirmed the great season New Zealand bred gallopers continue to have throughout the Australasian and Asian region.
The trophy cabinet is again looking well stocked with the Victoria Derby, VRC Oaks, W S Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, AJC The Metropolitan Handicap and George Main S., VRC Emirates S. and Underwood S., MRC Yalumba S. and Toorak H. among other prestigious races already in place on the shelves.
Beauty Flash heralded too the second success in the race for 2010 Breeder of the Year Windsor Park Stud. He followed the same fleet footsteps of fellow Windsor Park bred Catalan Opening, who reigned supreme in 1997. Catalan Opening beat a top international field which included successful sire Shinko King, whose high-class son Thumbs Up finished sixth in this year’s renewal.
New Zealand-bred gallopers have succeeded five times in this prestigious global event with Windsor Park-bred gallopers now claiming two of those five triumphs.
Catalan Opening, by Kaapstad, was prepared for his conquest by legendary trainer Bart Cummings and gave him his first major international training success. Besides his Hong Kong victory, Catalan Opening won a further 8 races including the Gr.1 AJC Doncaster H.
Beauty Flash beat eight other Gr.1 winners to secure his second Gr.1 race for champion trainer Tony Cruz, having scored earlier in the year in the Hong Kong Classic Mile (HK-1). Cruz now has his sights firmly focused on riches further afield with Beauty Flash, in both Dubai and Japan.
A classically bred Windsor Park product, Beauty Flash is by English 2000 Guineas winner Golan from Wychwood Rose, a daughter of their eight-time champion sire Volksraad.
Beauty Flash was purchased by Hong Kong based agent Dan O’Donnell for $65,000 from Windsor Park’s Halidon Hill draft at the 2007 NZ Bloodstock Select Sales. He is now the winner of 8 races and over NZ$4 million.
Windsor Park stallions are also figuring prominently with their New Zealand conceived progeny on the sires’ premierships. High Chaparral leads the Australian premiership, Thorn Park leads Montjeu on the New Zealand table and Golan now lies in third position on the Hong Kong sires table.