Entrapment, a $16,000 bargain buy from the 2007 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, made history in Hong Kong today when he cruised to victory in the HK$1.6 million The Juvenile Sprint Trophy (1200m) at Sha Tin.
In winning Entrapment became the first horse in history to win seven races during a season in Hong Kong.
Entrapment, sent out the red hot favourite, led home a trifecta for Magic Millions graduates, beating home Horses in Training Sale purchase Tai Sing Yeh by two lengths.
Another three parts of a length back in third place was Danewin Tiger, a $50,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy.
The win was an effortless one and gave winning jockey Douglas Whyte a huge buzz.
“No anxiety at all,” said the delighted jockey. “He’s much too good for that!”
Winning trainer John Size was thrilled that the stable’s rising star was able to break the Hong Kong record and extend his unbeaten run to seven.
“Obviously he’s a horse of tremendous ability, but he’s also a genuine racehorse who really wants to win.”
“As far as the mathematics of the seven races is concerned one of the major reasons he’d done it it that he has the ability to handle any type of track.”
“He’s won twice on the all weather. He’s won on good and he’s won on the soft.”
Winning owner Benson Lo Tak Wing made the trip back from Japan to see the record breaking attempt.
“I had to come back because John Size told me there was a great chance he’d win again, and of course this is history in the making.”
“I was a bit worried about the pace, but John told me not to worry because Entrapment’s form was so good, and he was right.”
“Where the horse goes next depends completely on the trainer’s decision,” the jubilant owner added.
Size said the record winning streak would not continue this season.
“He’s rated too high so there’s no suitable race for him,” the champion trainer reported.
“He’s done enough now. He’ll be going straight to group races next season.”
The rising star Hong Kong performer has won seven races from seven starts and earned over HK$4 million – the equivalent of over A$610,000. That’s not bad considering he cost just $16,000 at the Gold Coast.
Entrapment is a gelded son of Southern Halo’s group winning son Halo Homewrecker and was produced by the Moonee Valley winning Vettori mare Miabondialee.
She in turn is a daughter of an unraced Palace Music half sister to the Group One Karrakatta Plate winner Umah as well as the dam of the Malaysian Magic Millions Classic winner Captain Obvious.
PICS – Hong Kong Jockey Club.