Rapper Dragon stars in Hong Kong Derby
Former Sydney horse Rapper Dragon has given jockey Joao Moreira his first Hong Kong Derby and trainer John Moore his sixth.
Rapper Dragon has become the first horse to complete the Classic series for four-year-olds with his victory in the Hong Kong Derby.
The former Sydneysider added Sunday's Derby (2000m) to his wins in the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) and Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) when he held off Pakistan Star.
It was champion jockey Joao Moreira's first win in the Derby and trainer John Moore's sixth.
Known as Street Rapper when trained by Gai Waterhouse, he was runner-up to Takedown in a Group Three race and second again to Pasadena Girl in the 2015 Group One Champagne Stakes at his last Australian start.
"I got emotional. I was saying to everyone beforehand that it was the race I wanted to win the most and thanks to God that I achieved that," Moreira said.
Moore said Rapper Dragon's options included the QEII Cup (2000m) and the Champions Mile which was his preferred option.
"We're going to toss up between the Champions Mile and the QEII," he said.
"I want to dodge Werther though. Rapper Dragon's got versatility so I'm sure I can freshen him up and bring him back to the mile."
Amazing Kids appeared to be fresh and hearty this morning (Wednesday, 22 March) at Meydan racecourse, three days out from the Dubai World Cup meeting, and the scene was similar as regards his two fellow Hong King raiders, Dundonnell and Not Listenin’tome, as each worked on the dirt track.
Matthew Poon, the newest Apprentice Jockey to join Hong Kong’s riding roster, was introduced to local media today (Tuesday, 21 March) at a press conference. He will begin his Hong Kong career with nine rides at Sha Tin on Sunday, 26 March.