Gold Fun: provided Richard Gibson with first Group 1 win in Hong Kong
Gold-Fun gives Gibson Classic success
Report: Hong Kong, Sunday
Sha Tin: Hong Kong Classic Mile (HK Group 1) 1m, turf, 4yo
GOLD-FUN (Doug Whyte) provided trainer Richard Gibson with his first domestic Group 1 when he landed the Hong Kong Classic Mile on Sunday.
Known as Strada Colorato when trained in Ireland by Ger Lyons, Gold-Fun won his only start as a three-year-old at Naas before being sold to Pan Sutong who also has another live Derby aspirant, Akeed Mofeed, in training with Gibson.
"It's a huge moment in my career," said Gibson, who twice won the Hong Kong Vase with Doctor Dino when based in France.
"We have won a Group 1 with an improving horse and he can only get better. I think he will be better over a longer distance as well."
Gold-Fun's next start will be in the Classic Cup over 1m1f on February 17 with the BMW Hong Kong Derby the ultimate goal a month later.
"He just wasn't happy to lay up on the speed and obviously we were running too quickly, so I just dropped back a length or two and he got comfortable," said Whyte.
"When I swung into the straight and there were three or four in front of me still going forward, I pressed the button thinking I'll get to them gradually, but by the furlong I was in front.
"He's got a phenomenal turn of foot and what I really liked about him today is he dug down. His effort was for the full length of the straight, which you don't find often, so he was tough. It wasn't a big margin, but that doesn't matter, he still came home first."