The beautifully bred Captain Al son Secret Command, who showed so much potential back in South Africa, picked up the Elizabeth Arden Handicap at Sha Tin on Sunday, winning the 1200m contest in convincing style.
The BBP Syndicate bred grey, who was a R1.25 million buy from the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, had been the soul of consistency prior to Sunday’s win, having finished in the first three in Hong Kong on six previous occasions, and looked fully deserving of his initial Hong Kong win.
Owned by David Hui Cheung Wing, Secret Command is now trained by former South African champion Tony Millard.
The gelding is a full brother to Captain Al’s champion daughter All Is Secret, South Africa’s Equus Champion 2YO Filly in 2012.
The latter’s six wins included the G1 Mercury Sprint, G1 Thekwini Stakes and G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship. Dam of the talented pair is Secret Of Victoria, a top class Goldkeeper daughter whose six wins included four black type victories.
Secret Of Victoria herself is out of Cheveley Stud’s magnificent broodmare Mystic Spring (by Royal Academy). The latter’s nine runners have all won, and include ill-fated Equus Champion Rabiya, the latter’s Listed East Coast Oaks winning own sister Rafiya, the above mentioned Secret Of Victoria, G3 Fillies Nursery winner Spring Lilac (herself dam of stakes winner Victorian Secret), Listed Syringa Handicap winner Touch The Sky and the very promising Dynasty daughter Bela Bela, a winner of her only start.
This is also the family of G1 2000 Guineas winner Mystiko.
Secret Command’s champion sire Captain Al has made a blistering start to the new season, with his early winners including such feature race winners as Eighth Wonder (G3 Magnum Cape Classic) and Fulcrum (Listed World Sports Betting Java Handicap) and South Africa’s dominant sire of two-year-old talent looks on track for another great season!