Sandown Superstar’s Sha Tin Strike
The Sandown Stud bred Cerise Cherry scored his sixth win in Hong Kong on Sunday.
The gallant 8yo gelding took top honours in the HK$2 000 000 HKSAR Chief Executive’s Handicap, winning by three parts of a length from Best Eleven and Destined For Glory.
In winning this 1200m contest, Cerise Cherry added further to his impressive prize money of over HK$13 000 000.
Trained by Derek Cruz, Cerise Cherry, who was runner up in the 2012 Hong Kong International Sprint, where he accounted for some of the world’s top sprinters.
A R220 000 buy at the 2007 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Cerise Cherry was a top-class performer in South Africa. The gelded son of Goldkeeper won or placed in ten graded stakes races, and was one of the best of his generation.
Among Cerise Cherry’s top local performances was a win in the 2008 Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes and he was second to champion Rocks Off in the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes.
In Hong Kong, Cerise Cherry’s six victories include two in the Premier Bowl, which he won as a Group 3 in 2010 and a Group 2 in 2012.
He is one of 32 stakes winners for his sire Goldkeeper, whose offspring include four grade one winners – and another top-class international sprinter – Tiza.