Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi stood in tears in the winner’s circle as he awaited Admire Mars to come back to scale, the success coming simply a few weeks after the death of the three-year-old colt’s owner Riichi Kondo.
Fellow Japanese participant Indy Champ, who started a $2.95 second preferred, had no luck in the straight and ended up seventh.
“But I rode my race like he was the favourite and it settled.”
It was clear the win implied a lot to connections in the wake of Kondo’s death, with his better half– who wished to be described as Mrs Kondo– holding
a photo of her partner throughout the discussion.”I’m extremely, extremely happy. I wasn’t sure we would win so to be able to get up there and take a photo with the horse was a huge honour,” she said.
Admire Mars and Waikuku were left to battle it out, with the more youthful Japanese galloper holding sway by half a length.
Punters found Admire Mars late, however he still began at a huge cost of $27 for a horse who had won five of his 8 starts (including two at Group One level), even if his last run had been frustrating.
“I told the lad prior to the race when I saw the chances on the screen that there was something incorrect there– I believed he must have been in the first 4 favourites. When I saw that, I thought something was incorrect.
Forgotten Japanese raider Admire Mars provided an emotional Longines Hong Kong Mile triumph for connections as a brand-new reality confronts two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation.
Soumillon likewise paid his aspects.
“Today our suits and ties and whatever are [matching the colours] to help cheer the horse on. I feel like today Kondo is still here with me enjoying the race,” he stated.
The familiar dark blue, light blue and white colours of the popular owner have actually won races around the globe– consisting of a Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Admire Moon in 2007), Caulfield Cup (Admire Rakti in 2014) and now on Sha Tin’s greatest day.
“I understood my horse was very strong. His last run wasn’t that excellent, he was the best two-year-old in Japan last year and probably the finest three-year-old in Japan this year as well.
It gave popular Belgian jockey Soumillon his 2nd Hong Kong International Races triumph– his other coming in the Mile with Good Ba in 2008.
Purton hit the front with Beauty Generation at the top of the straight, but it was just brief as he was rapidly headed by Admire Mars and Waikuku.
“He was gallant in defeat,” fitness instructor John Moore stated of the $2.90 favourite.
Age seems to have caught up to the seven-time Group One champ– at 7 he still runs races most horses might just dream of, however he is no longer an unstoppable force.
Ka Ying Star took up the running as anticipated with Zac Purton and Beauty Generation sitting 2nd, while Admire Mars and Christophe Soumillon settled 5th.
“I understood he could remain the distance quite well, he had excellent gate speed and he likes the ground so I was quite pleased.
That was the middle peg of Good Ba Bachelor’s degree’s amazing 3 in a row– the record Beauty Generation was going after– so it was rather suitable that Soumillon was the man to deny it.
“It’s truly essential for me and for Japanese racing, he was one of the most significant private owners in the Japanese racing market,” he said. “He was extremely famous, he liked horses, we’ve seen his colours over a long period of time– he’s won all over. I’m proud and really happy to have actually taken these colours so high today.”
Tomomichi made certain everybody was collaborated for the day as they attempted to give the horse an additional increase to win in Kondo’s honour.
“When I saw Beauty Generation running this season he didn’t have the exact same magic he had last season. That provided me a possibility to believe that he was beatable, it had currently occurred twice,” Soumillon stated.
“He was a strict person and he might be tough to work for but he was constantly a loyal client and he understood who his buddies were and he would take care of them, even if he ‘d scream at you periodically.”
“When I saw Beauty Generation running this season he didn’t have the exact same magic he had last season.”I knew my horse was very strong.”I informed the lad before the race when I saw the chances on the screen that there was something incorrect there– I believed he must have been in the first 4 favourites.”It’s actually essential for me and for Japanese racing, he was one of the most significant private owners in the Japanese racing industry,” he stated. “He was extremely popular, he loved horses, we’ve seen his colours over a long time– he’s won everywhere.