Fantasticlife, a half brother to Cheveley Stud’s exciting young sire Wylie Hall, scored a good win at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Ridden by Joao Moreira, the gelding pulled clear to register a one and a quarter length success when victorious in the Maria Galland Handicap over 1400m.
A son of former champion Australian sire Encosta De Lago, Fantasticlife was winning for a third time in Hong Kong, and he has now won or placed six times and earned over $1 000 000 during his stint in Hong Kong.
Fantasticlife and Wylie Hall are both out of the outstanding broodmare Beauty Belle (Ideal Planet). The latter has excelled at stud, with her eight winners also including ill-fated Hong Kong sprint champion Absolute Champion (Marauding). The latter, who set a track record when he won the G1 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint over brilliant champion Silent Witness, was a feature race winner in both Australia and Hong Kong and he earned more than HK$ 21 000 000 in his racing career.
Beauty Belle is also the second dam of promising Australian three-year-old Peacock –a smart winner of the recent Listed Polytrack Gothic Stakes.
Wylie Hall, who shares his outstanding champion sire Redoute’s Choice with brilliant recent G3 Drakenstein Vet Clinic Cape Classic winner Table Bay, was an outstandingly durable and brilliant racehorse.
The handsome bay, who won or placed in 15 races, earned over R3.6 million finished first past the post in such notable G1 races as the Vodacom Durban July, President’s Champions Challenge and G1 SA Derby.
He won from 1400-2450m and clearly ranked among the leaders of his generation!
Wylie Hall’s first foals have arrived to widespread praise and he looks set to continue the legacy of his wonderful sire Redoute’s Choice, whose sire sons include the likes of Snitzel, Straum, Not A Single Double and the ill-fated Beneteau. The latter is sire of impressive recent G1 Crown Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit.