Talented Hong Kong sprinter Peniaphobia, a close relative of Mauritzfontein’s exciting young sire Byword, picked up the ninth win of his career when victorious in Monday’s G2 Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin.
Relishing the underfoot conditions in Monday’s HK$8 000 000 sprint, Peniaphobia made all the running to score by three parts of a length over race favourite Lucky Bubbles.
Peniaphobia, last season’s Hong Kong Sprint Champion, was winning the Centenary Sprint Cup for a second time.
“He began very well – he just showed effortless speed at the start,” winning jockey Neil Callan said. “Tony said he was the only front-runner in the field and that was my plan, to just let him roll up into position on the front end rather than push him. He did that with minimum fuss because he jumped so cleanly. I was able to cross them and get to the rail.”
Winner of the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint back in 2015, Peniaphobia is likely to be aimed at the G1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night. (He has finished second and third in the last two runnings of the Al Quoz Sprint).
The gelding is out of the Great Commotion mare Umlani, whose fourth dam is the mighty broodmare Peace.
Peace (dam of among others G1 Coronation Cup winner Quiet Fling and second dam of US champion Wandesta) is also fourth dam of G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winner and French Champion Byword, whose first crop race this year.