Debut HK Winner for El Roca

Media Release - Monday June 13

Trainer Peter Ho was not surprised when Dashing Triumph defied market expectations to win the Tung Wan Shan Plate (1000m) for Griffins at Sha Tin on Sunday under Dylan Mo despite the El Roca gelding starting at 27-1 on the basis of a modest trial last month.

El Roca is the sire of Dashing Triumph

The debutant New Zealand-bred winner was Ho’s first Griffin race winner for 23 years.

“This (winning) was what I was expecting because before the race I spoke with the owner and said ‘This is a nice horse, he does everything alright, no headaches for the trainer and he’s always willing to try’,” Ho said.

“After his 800-metre trial (on 10 May), he woke up – he knows the game already – and this was not a strong field, that’s why this is not unexpected at all.”

Dashing Triumph was bred by Gerry Harvey and is by Westbury Stud stallion El Roca, who is the sire of four winners in Hong Kong this season, headlined by high-class sprinter Lucky Patch. - NZ Racing Desk 




Race Result - Tung Wan Shan Plate 1000m

Sha Tin Track: Good Time: 0:56.22
Dashing Triumph
T: L Ho J: H T Mo 54
2g El Roca (AUS) x Bad Dream (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Lucky Banner
T: C Fownes J: J Moreira 57
3g Starspangledbanner (AUS) x Bequia (IRE) (Helmet (AUS))
Happy Won
T: F C Lor J: Z Purton 57
3g Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Vibe Queen (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
Forever Friends
T: C Fownes J: M Chadwick 57
3g Cotai Glory (GB) x Alhena (IRE) (Alhaarth (IRE))
Inspiring City
T: D A Hayes J: C Y Ho 55
2g Impending (AUS) x Collage (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Superb Move
T: C H Yip J: R Maia 57
3g Bated Breath (GB) x Hallouella (GB) (Halling (USA))
Joyful Champion
T: C W Chang J: K C Leung 57
3g Outstrip (GB) x Meaning Of Time (GB) (Captain Gerrard (IRE))
Our Precious
T: C Fownes J: Luke Ferraris 57
3g Raven's Pass (USA) x Zayanida (IRE) (King's Best (USA))
Lean Hero
T: D A Hayes J: L Currie 55
2c Maurice (JPN) x Frontalis (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Flying Silver
T: C S Shum J: A Badel 57
3c Gleneagles (IRE) x Bright Snow (USA) (Gulch (USA))
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