Bobby Zen

A brief break in what has been a very wet week in Hong Kong raised some hope that Sunday’s FWD Champions Mile program at Sha Tin would be contested over sound or at least drying-out ground. But overnight rains that lasted into the daytime rendered the turf course as yielding, and those underfoot conditions worked against heavily favored Golden Sixty (Aus) (Medaglia d’Oro) and very much in the favour of BEAUTY ETERNAL (g, 5, Starspangledbanner {Aus}–Ithacan Queen {NZ}, by Savabeel {Aus}). The 5-year-old gelding jumped best of all and on an afternoon where it was imperative to be on or near the lead, took them all the way to cause an upset. Red Lion (Ire) (Belardo {Ire}) chased throughout and held for second ahead of Voyage Bubble (Aus) (Deep Field {Aus}) in third. Golden Sixty was ridden forward by Vincent Ho and was always within striking distance, but he could not produce his customary burst in the soggy conditions and came home fourth in what may–or may not–be the final start of a truly remarkable career. Sales history: A$90,000 Ylg ’20 INGFEB. Lifetime Record: 17-9-3-3.O-Patrick Kwok; B-P Raftopolous (Vic); T-John Size.

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