Sun Jewellery named Hong Kong's Champion Miler

A season of top-class performances has earned Snitzel’s 4YO son Sun Jewellery the Hong Kong Champion Miler Award for 2015/16.

The award was presented to Sun Jewellery’s owner-breeder Tung Moon Fai at the Hong Kong Champion Awards ceremony on Friday evening.

Sun Jewellery (ex Tan Tat Star by Umatilla) was initially trained by Peter Moody and sent to Hong Kong after two Victorian country wins as an early 3YO.

In the hands of champion trainer John Size, he immediately stamped himself one of Hong Kong’s most exciting prospects with a sequence of late-season wins at 1200 and 1400 metres.

Sun Jewellery made his 4YO debut last November and quickly progressed to domestic Group 1 success in January’s Hong Kong Classic Mile beating subsequent Derby winner and Horse of the Year Werther and Arrowfield graduate Blizzard.

A month later his competitive grit and finishing speed prevailed against the same pair in the second leg of the 4YO Series, the Hong Kong Classic Cup HK-1 over 1800 metres. That proved to be right at the end of his distance range, and he was unplaced in the Derby.

Freshened up to return in June, Sun Jewellery concluded his season with a slashing win in the 1400-metre Premier Cup HK-3, where he got the better of Dashing Fellow just before the post.

Sun Jewellery’s four wins from six starts during 2015/16 boosted his career earnings by $2.7 million. His proven talent, natural improvement and the shrewd management of his master trainer make him a strong prospect for December’s Hong Kong Mile G1.

Sun Jewellery is one of five Arrowfield-connected horses that end the Hong Kong season with a rating of 100 or better:
126 – NOT LISTENIN’TOME (bred by Michael Pitt & Mark Read; sold by Arrowfield)
125 – CONTENTMENT (by Hussonet; bred by Paul Favretto, Tony Hodgson, Paul Rowe, David & Peter Sinn; sold by Arrowfield)
116 – SUN JEWELLERY (by Snitzel)
111 – THEWIZARDOFOZ (by Redoute’s Choice)
105 – BLIZZARD (by Starcraft; bred by GSA Bloodstock & sold by Arrowfield).

Another Australian-bred trained by John Size, Mr Stunning, won the Champion Griffin award.

Hong Kong Group 1 success for Snitzel son

Snitzel’s 4YO son Sun Jewellery made a spectacular stakes debut when he stormed to victory in the ~$A1.8 million Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1 on Sunday evening.

He is the 33rd stakeswinner for Snitzel whose 51 Magic Millions yearlings averaged more than $300,000 earlier this month.

Sun Jewellery’s performance was all the more impressive because he drew gate 14, but he jumped smartly for Ryan Moore who kept driving him forward. Nevertheless, Sun Jewellery raced wide without cover until the 800-metre mark  before Moore could slot him into fifth position, one off the fence. The champion jockey then waited another 400 metres before targeting the lead which Sun Jewellery claimed just as Werther, Thewizardofoz (by Redoute’s Choice) and Arrowfield graduate Blizzard (by Starcraft) launched their challenges.

However, Sun Jewellery had enough in reserve to hold them all at bay, with Werther finishing a neck away in second, Blizzard third (he posted the fastest final 400m split of 23.12) and Thewizardofoz fifth.

Watch Sun Jewellery win the Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1.

Ryan said of Sun Jewellery, “I think he’s a very good horse and I was lucky to be riding him today. He has a very good racing mind.

“He went through the race really comfortably – it’s obviously going to be another question mark, stepping up in trip, but he’s a horse that hasn’t done a lot wrong in his life. Who’s to say where he could end up?”

His immediate target will be the second race in the Hong Kong 4YO Series, the Hong Classic Cup HK-1 over 1800m on 21 February, and he is entered for the final leg, the 2000-metre Hong Kong Derby HK-1 on 20 March. 

Sun Jewellery’s trainer John Size said, “I’m not sure what the future holds for him but, previously, horses that have run in this race with a very high rating and have won have turned out to be Group horses.

“I would think he’s got a big future. He’s always promised to step up but this is a good test today, he’s come up against some nice horses and he’s beaten them fair and square.”

Sun Jewellery is raced by his breeder Tung Moon Fai whose Hong Kong-based horses all have “Jewellery” in their names.

The chestnut gelding raced as Tan Tat Sun from Peter Moody’s stable in Victoria where he won twice as a Spring 3YO before being exported to Hong Kong where has has won all but one of his six starts and almost $900,000.

Sun Jewellery’s dam Tan Tat Star (by Umatilla), also dam of Group 3 winner Tan Tat De Lago, is a sister to the grand campaigner Umrum, whose 11 stakes wins included consecutive Toorak Handicaps.

Umatilla was a half-brother to Shantha’s Choice, dam of Snitzel’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Redoute’s Choice & Umatilla appear as sire and damsire of another successful member of this family, Bob & Sandra Peters’ Group-placed stakeswinner Tranquility.

Mr Tung has Tan Tat Star’s unraced 3YO son, Tan Tat Nova (by Not A Single Doubt) with Peter Moody and a 2015 filly by Bel Esprit. The mare visited Manhattan Rain last Spring.

The sire of six Australian Group 1 winners, Snitzel is currently second on the 2YO Sires’ earnings list, with Not A SIngle Doubt chasing him in third position.

Four colts and a filly by Snitzel will be offered at the NZ Premier Sale which begins at Karaka, Auckland on Monday mornng.