Golden Sixty’s record-breaking performance during the 2021/22 racing season saw Hong Kong’s champion earn consecutive Horse of the Year titles at a special presentation held at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Happy Valley Clubhouse tonight (Friday, 15 July).
The Francis Lui-trained six-year-old’s efforts also returned back-to-back Champion Miler titles and secured the bulk of the public vote as Hong Kong’s Most Popular Horse for a third year in a row.
After winning the G2 BOCHK Private Wealth Jockey Club Mile (1600m) in his seasonal return, the son of Medaglia d’Oro soared to new heights soon after with the successful defence of his G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m) crown – a result which saw him earn recognition as the world’s joint-top miler at the year-end LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
Though he suffered a pair of rare defeats in his following two outings as he failed to reach Silent Witness’ record of 17 consecutive wins in Hong Kong, he soon recaptured his winning groove in the G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) before closing the season in emphatic style by landing the G1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m) – the 21st win of his career and second win in the race in as many years.
Victory on FWD Champions Day saw Golden Sixty overtake Beauty Generation as Hong Kong’s highest prize money earner in history with stakes of HK$113,400,600.
Last term, Golden Sixty became the fourth horse in Hong Kong racing history after Good Ba Ba, Able Friend and Beauty Generation to win the Horse of the Year title in the same season as both the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile and FWD Champions Mile, however, like Beauty Generation, Golden Sixty does so for the second consecutive year.