Rich win in Griffin Trophy

Rich And Lucky

justified 1.7 favouritism to break his maiden in the HK$2 million Griffin Trophy (1400m) at yesterday afternoon, (Sunday 29 December), giving Juddmonte stallion his second win within three days of his first.

The race is restricted to three-year-olds unraced prior to import and has been won in recent years by such luminaries as two-time winner and Hong Kong Derby hero Luger. Today's edition did not hold quite that promise on paper but the 56-rated winner is entitled to progress for only his fourth start.

“As a three-year-old horse imported from Europe, he has acclimatised to Hong Kong very well, and judging from how he won today, I believe he will have a bright future and could bring his owners plenty of fun,” trainer L Ho said.

Champion Zac Purton guided the successful bay, who was purchased out of the March 2019 .

“We are still yet to see the best of him and I expect he will develop into a 1600-metre to 1800-metre horse. I will see his ratings after today's win and his progress before I decide on his next target,” Ho added.

Purton sealed a double when (133lb) clung on desperately to win the Class 4 Wong Shek Handicap (1650m) from Best Alliance (131lb). It was a fourth career win for the Danny Shum-trained six-year-old and first on the dirt.

The Australian made it three for the afternoon when Glorious Artist (120lb) responded to his urgings to wear down top-weight (133lb) in a tough running of the Class 2 Chek Keng Handicap (1650m). That gave the Lor stable a double.

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