Group One Double For Hit Graduates In Asia


Lucky and WealthyGraduates of the Magic Millions Horses in Training Sale had a weekend to remember headlined by a pair of outstanding winning performances in feature international races.

Lucky and Wealthy and Joe Czarina led the way with domestic Group One victories in Macau and Malaysia respectively.

Already proven at the elite level in Macau, Lucky and Wealthy grabbed a M$100,000 bonus for winning two legs of the Triple Crown when he strolled to victory in the M$1 million Macau Gold Cup (1800m).

With Singapore based superstar Joao Moreira in the saddle, Lucky and Wealthy led home a Magic Millions trifecta result in the feature with his impressive three length success.

Trained by Geoff Allendorf, Lucky and Wealthy was purchased by connections for $14,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Horses in Training Sale from the draft of Isaac Waters Pty Ltd.

He was purchased for $9,000 from the Goodwood Farm draft at the 2010 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale about four months earlier before being re-sold.

Runner-up Dr Sweet, from the Gary Moore stable, was a $40,000 purchase from Baramul Stud at the 2008 Horses in Training Sale at the Gold Coast.

Lucky and Wealthy’s Gold Cup win is the 10th in 23 starts for the outstanding son of Strada. He had already won a Macau Derby, Lisboa Juvenile and 4YO Prelude.

By Danehill’s Eskimo Prince Stakes winning son Strada, Lucky and Wealthy is from the winning Zabeel mare Star Above.

Successful once over 1400 metres, Star Above is the dam of five winners from seven to race. Aside from Lucky and Wealthy she is the dam of Moonee Valley winner Who Dares and the seven time winner Destiny Calls.

Macau Gold Cup presentationStar Above in turn is from the Brisbane winning Major Sport mare Belaya and hails from the family of smart present day Melbourne sprinter That’s The One.

Meanwhile, on Sunday in Malaysia the quality sprinter Joe Czarina broke through for his first feature success when too good in the R400,000 Group One Sultan Gold Vase at Ipoh.

A son of Falvelon and sold by Magic Millions as a yearling and two-year-old, Joe Czarina got home under apprentice Chung Wah Tong to win by three parts of a length.

Harry’s Pal was second, while $12,500 Horses in Training buy Colin the Firth was third, another half length back.

Originally purchased for $25,000 from the Willowbend Stud draft at the 2009 QTIS Yearling Sale, Joe Czarina was then prepared by Washpool Lodge and selling for $85,000 to the Penang Turf Club at the 2009 Horses in Training Sale.

Joe Czarina, trained by Tan Swee Hock, is the ninth individual stakes winner for former globetrotting sensation Falvelon.

He is one of two international winners for the twice winning and four time Adelaide placed Royal Academy mare Czarina.

Czarina, who won up to 1950 metres, is a daughter of the Sydney winning and Adrian Knox Stakes runner-up Staying Alive (Sovereign Red).

It was a big weekend of international results for Magic Millions with Adelaide Yearling Sale graduate Trust My Bet winning Friday night’s feature race, the listed HK$550,000 Lisboa Sand Challenge (1350m).

Prepared by Gary Moore, Trust My Bet is by Mugharreb and was purchased for $30,000 from the draft of Willow Grove Stud at the 2011 Adelaide Yearling Sale.

Magic Millions graduates won no fewer than 27 race throughout Asia including six of the eight races in Malaysia on Saturday and seven of the nine in the same country on Sunday.

Photos – Macau Jockey Club.