Variety Club wins Champions Mile
South Africa’s pride and joy, Variety Club, scored a scintillating victory in Sunday’s HK G1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin.
The Beaumont Stud bred superstar became the first international horse to win the HK$12 000 000 race, and, in doing, so, confirmed his status as one of the finest milers in the world.
In scoring an effortless four length win in the 1600m race, Variety Club stamped himself as a leading contender for the Gr1 Breeders Cup Mile at the end of the year.
However, the magnificent chestnut is first likely to have a rest, before possibly taking in the Group One Prix de la Foret on Arc de Triomphe weekend.
Second to outsider Helene Spirit early on, Variety Club made his move at the top of the straight – and the race was then all but over.
The chestnut champion drew off to an easy four length win, over favourite Able Friend and Dan Excel. Among the also runs in the Champions Mile were the likes of Glorious Days (G1 Hong Kong Mile), Gordon Lord Byron (G1 Prix de La Foret), and California Memory (G1 Hong Kong Cup – twice).
Partnered by regular rider Anton Marcus (who has ridden the entire in his last 16 outings), Variety Club stopped the clock in 1.34.11.
Variety Club who was coming into the race off a success in the Gr2 Godolphin Mile has now won 17 of his 23 outings to date. The horse has also amassed six Equus Awards, and, is without doubt one of the finest thoroughbreds ever produced in South Africa.
The champion, making his first start for new trainer Mike De Kock, has now won ten of his last 11 outings, and has won three of his four international races to date.
Sunday’s win took Variety Club’s tally of feature race wins to 13 (in three different countries), and he has now captured five Grade One contests – and is unlikely to stop here!
South Africa’s Horse Of The Year for the past two seasons, Variety Club is a son of Avontuur based stallion Var, and the now deceased Secret Prospector mare, La Massine.
A true champion, Variety Club is a magnificent advertisement for the quality of thoroughbred bred in South Africa!