Sky Discipline wins the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.
Caspar Fownes and Blake Shinn were remaining with conflicting emotions just after Sky Area steamed to good results in the HK$24 million Group 1 LONGINES Hong Kong Dash (1200m), fending off world-class opposition from Japan to go on Hong Kong’s dominance in the celebration.
Shinn, 34, slotted his first G1 triumph in Hong Kong but the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey’s views – and all those also of Fownes – ended up with Pixie Knight (Yuichi Fukunaga), Lucky Patch (Zac Purton), Naboo Assault (Karis Teetan), and Astounding Star (Lyle Hewitson), who fell on the house flip.
Shinn and Sky Discipline avoided the incident just before staving off Resistencia (Christophe Soumillon) by 3-quarters of a duration in 1:08.66. Courier Ponder (Joao Moreira) was 3rd, a single and a 50 % lengths from the winner.
Shinn’s faith in Sky Subject, a son of Deep Discipline, was rewarded on the optimum stage and came a few seasons into the Australian’s Hong Kong stint.
“I have mixed feelings for winning this race these days. Naturally, the first emotion is that my thoughts are with the fallen jockeys and horses out there,” said the quietly-spoken Australian stated.
“It’s intestine-wrenching for any rider to see a horse go down. What is actually transpired these days, it truly is a actual bittersweet earn and in a way, it is a tricky win to just take in the circumstances.
“All credit to Caspar Fownes, he is supplied me the prospect to journey this lovely animal in excess of the preceding time and this season.
“We’ve always experienced faith in him but on the large phase, things have not generally long gone this way. Nowadays, he carried out to his ideal now and nonetheless conquer a useful horse in chasing down a top-line horse in Courier Wonder and the Japanese horse (Resistencia).
“He’s a fantastic horse and ideally he can hold going ahead.”
Fownes, 54, has built a robust alliance with Shinn, who struggled initially to cope with the calls for of Hong Kong racing.
The reigning champion Hong Kong coach, Fownes posted his third HKIR victory with Sky Area becoming a member of 2006 Hong Kong Mile winner The Duke and 2011 Hong Kong Dash victor Lucky Nine on the stable’s honour roll.
“Definitely viewing the operate are living, it was nasty and we have bought combined thoughts there,” Fownes said. “One hand, you’ve got received a horse that is trucking alongside at the very same time, in your brain, you’re imagining about ‘I hope the boys are alright and the horses’.
“It was wonderful to get that end result with that unique horse, specially for Blake – he is been using seriously perfectly and yet again nowadays a further great general performance, so well deserved.
“I’ve said it for a though that he’s (Sky Discipline) really exclusive and I feel he is acquired his most effective racing forward of him. We’ve acquired some thing genuinely pleasant to do the job with and it can be great to see him do that today”
Soumillon, who finished third in the LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) on Ebaiyra, experienced to be information with a further minimal placing at the best stage.
“The filly (Resistencia) ran effectively. However, we had a bad motion in the switch. I experienced to shift in to operate absent from the fallen horses,” the Belgian champion said.
“The winner pushed me out in the straight. She gave me a incredibly fantastic energy. It approximately appears a bit brief for her currently. I feel above 1400m, she will be even better.”
Ryan Moore, who piloted Hot King Prawn into an honourable fourth, mentioned: “My horse ran respectably. Possibly he may be delighted likely for a longer time now.”
Damian Lane, who rode Laptop Patch into sixth put, mentioned: “He tried tricky, he experienced a small little bit of pressure early but travelled perfectly mid-race. He just couldn’t really dash with the winner at the conclusion.”
(Editor’s note: according to media reviews, Remarkable Star, who was the initial to drop, and one of the trailing horses, Naboo Assault, had been euthanized. Blessed Patch and Pixie Knight seemingly escaped serious injuries. Jockeys Zac Purton, Lyle Hewitson and Yuichi Fukunaga had been taken to a nearby medical center and noted to be in secure condition. Karis Teetan rode later races on the card and was unhurt.)
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