Trelawney Stud's lot 48 in the upcoming Inglis Easter Sale received a Group One boost when Hong Kong’s reigning Horse of the Year Werther (Tavistock x Bagalollies) maintained his perfect record over the Sha Tin 2000m with a gutsy win in the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup.
Trainer John Moore has since confirmed plans to tackle the US$6 million Dubai Turf (1800m) on 25 March with the five-year-old.
Moore landed his fifth consecutive Gold Cup and a record 12th overall as even-money favourite Werther overcame a chequered season and significant trouble on the home turn under Hugh Bowman.
It was Werther’s third win from three attempts at the course and distance, having won the BMW Hong Kong Derby in March before an imperious effort to take the G1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup in April. The Tavistock gelding had missed the early part of this season with a right hind suspensory injury, only returning to the races for January’s G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m), but according to Moore, his tenacious win in Sunday’s feature shows that he is right back on track now.
“I always thought he’d come back to his best, I was more worried about his quirkiness than his injury,” he said. “Winning the QEII like he did, it put him top five in the planet on turf, so we know that we’ve got a very special horse, but it took something else for him to win today. At about the 500m, the horses have improved on his outside very quickly, and he got put back on the heels of Blazing Speed, it nearly cost him the race. But he does stay 2000m strongly, as we know, he picked himself up and still hit the line strongly. So it was a gutsy effort!"
Tavistock x Bagalollies filly, taken 21st February
Trelawney stud are offering the full sister to Werther as lot 48 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with the filly due to go through the ring on April 4.