Stretched to the limit, Golden Sixty bravely extended his unbeaten run to 14 at Sha Tin this afternoon (Sunday, 25 April) with a slender victory in the HK$20 million G1 FWD Champions Mile.
Undefeated since July, 2019, the brilliant son of Medaglia d’Oro also grabbed his fourth triumph at the top-level in succession, following on from his past two victories this year in the Stewards’ Cup (1600m) and Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m), the first and second legs of Hong Kong’s Triple Crown.
Sent back to his customary position at the rear of the six-runner field under jockey Vincent Ho, the Australian-bred galloper peeled out at the 600m mark, rounding the bunched group to hit the front with 400m left to run under a full head of steam.
With two lengths on the field and a furlong left to play out, it all seemed done and dusted but a late charge from stablemate More Than This pushed him to within a head.
“I did expect the stablemate to be in good form but they went too slow for us really, usually it takes him a while to pick up but they were a bit slow and when I pulled out at the 600 metre mark he was already alongside them, then when I hit the straight he just went for it,” Ho said.