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Sun Jewellery Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Cup

Monday, 22nd February 2016

At Shat Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Sun Jewellery (Snitzel-Tan Tat Star, by Umatilla) scored by a head for trainer John Size in the HK$10 million Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), over fellow 4YO geldings Werther (Tavistock-Bagalollies, by Zabeel) & Blizzard (Starcraft-Stormy Choice, by Redoute's Choice). This was consecutive Gr1 victories for Sun Jewellery who took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Mile) and 2 placings from 11 starts for $2,982,053 earnings. Sun Jewellery's wins in the Hong Kong Classic Cup & Hong Kong Classic Mile puts him in line for a shot at history in next month’s Gr1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) as no horse has ever won all three of Hong Kong’s four-year-old majors. “He’s got to go around a bend past the winning post and that makes it a little bit more awkward – you’ve got gates to deal with and things like that but at least he’s won the first two races; that’s a big help for him and now he gets a shot at the Derby," trainer John Size said. "The distance doubt is always there, it’s something I don’t think about, we just roll onto the next race and hope he gets it.” Champion jockey Ryan Moore seems quietly confident that the Derby distance will pose little concern for Sun Jewellery. "Sun Jewellery’s a class horse and class usually tells over a distance,” he said. "He’s probably just better than them, he’s just got a class edge and that allows horses to go further than you’d think they would.”

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