Sight Success and Duke Wai were brave in defeat for Hong Kong as Equinox was anointed a global superstar at Meydan in Dubai tonight (Saturday, 25 March).
Obliterating his rivals in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic (2410m), Equinox smashed the course record on his way to a third consecutive Group 1 win in his first start on foreign soil, clocking 2m 25.65s from the front under jockey Christophe Lemaire for trainer Tetsuya Kimura.
“We didn’t have a plan really and Christophe Lemaire is just a very good jockey who knows how to ride these horses very well. He did a fantastic job in the saddle and Equinox is such a fine horse that knows how to get the job done,” Kimura said.
A four-year-old of just seven starts after tonight, Equinox – sired by Kitasan Black – is now a five-time winner and was last year crowned Japan’s Horse of the Year (2022).
Hong Kong’s five representatives returned mixed results, but none were more gallant than Sight Success and Duke Wai, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m).