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Little Bridge Strikes for Hong Kong in King's Stand
19/06/12

1 Little Bridge 12/1
2 Bated Breath 11/2
3 Sole Power 8/1
4 Medicean Man 33/1
NR: Masamah (IRE)
22 ran Distances: ¾l, 1l, 1¼l
TIME 59.69s (slow by 0.09s)

Little Bridge
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Little Bridge

Royal Ascot’s Group One King’s Stand Stakes, part of the Global Sprint Challenge and the QIPCO British Champions Series, has become a feast for overseas raiders, and it continued the recent trend when falling to Hong Kong’s Little Bridge today.

The winner became the second horse from that country to score at the Royal Meeting, but the first at Ascot - Cape Of Good Hope landed the Golden Jubilee Stakes when the meeting was held at York in 2005 during the course’s massive redevelopment.

Little Bridge is trained by Danny Shum and ridden by Zac Purton who wore the colours of Ko Kam Piu. Shum visited Ascot in 1999 while working for Ivan Allan, who sent Indigenous over for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair).

“I’m very happy,” said Shum, who trains 58 horses in Hong Kong. “Zac did a good job and my team has been fantastic. I really like this country and began planning to come here with this horse six months ago.

“I intend to run Little Bridge in Japan in September, where he will have a choice of Group One and Group Two races. If that works out we might think about coming back here next year. I didn’t expect to win, but I felt he could run a big race.

“He gave me great hope after his final gallop at Newmarket, but it was more hope than confidence.

“It is very important to me as a trainer to win an international race in Britain. My plan now is to kiss him tonight, then give him two days’ rest and then send him into quarantine in Newmarket. He will stay there for four weeks, then ship back to Hong Kong for another two weeks in quarantine.

“I’m planning to take a holiday in the USA, but I won’t be going for a party tonight even though the owner has invited me - I just want to go with the horse to make sure he is okay.”

 

 

King's Stand Stakes
(British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1)
£350,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 1
23 runners
Going: Good to Soft

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Little Bridge
C S Shum
Zac Purton
9st 4lbs
12 - 1
Winner
2
Bated Breath
R Charlton
J Doyle
9st 4lbs
11 - 2
3/4 length
3
Sole Power
E Lynam
J P Murtagh
9st 4lbs
8 - 1
1 length
4
Medicean Man
J Gask
L Nolen
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
5
Spirit Quartz
R M H Cowell
L Dettori
9st 4lbs
16 - 1
1 1/2 length
6
Night Carnation
A M Balding
J Fortune
9st 1lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
7
Caledonia Lady
J Hughes
P Hanagan
8st 9lbs
33 - 1
Nose
8
Tangerine Trees
B Smart
T Eaves
9st 4lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
9
Ortensia
P Messara
Craig A Williams
9st 1lbs
9 - 2
1 length
10
Wizz Kid
Robert Collet
G Mosse
9st 1lbs
9 - 2
3/4 length
11
Monsieur Joe
R M H Cowell
William Buick
9st 4lbs
66 - 1
Head
12
Ponty Acclaim
T D Easterby
T E Durcan
8st 9lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
13
Stepper Point
W R Muir
Martin Dwyer
8st 12lbs
50 - 1
Neck
14
Hamish McGonagall
T D Easterby
D Allan
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
Head
15
Prohibit
R M H Cowell
Jim Crowley
9st 4lbs
25 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
16
Joy And Fun
D Cruz
B Doyle
9st 4lbs
16 - 1
1 1/2 length
17
Bapak Chinta
K A Ryan
P Makin
8st 12lbs
40 - 1
Neck
18
Stone Of Folca
J R Best
L Morris
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
Head
19
Secret Asset
Jane Chapple-Hyam
G Baker
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
20
Dinkum Diamond
H Candy
D Sweeney
9st 4lbs
100 - 1
Neck
21
Margot Did
M L W Bell
Hayley Turner
9st 1lbs
25 - 1
1 length
22
Amour Propre
H Candy
Dane O'Neill
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
1 length
NonRunner
Masamah
K A Ryan
J P Spencer
9st 4lbs
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PURTON SCORES ON BRITISH DEBUT

Zac Purton made his first ride in Britain a winning one with a confident display on Danny Shum’s Hong Kong raider Little Bridge in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes.

Purton started his career as an apprentice in Australia, but moved to Hong Kong five years ago and after a tough first season he quickly established himself as a leading pilot.

Although Little Bridge had raced predominantly round a bend at Sha Tin, Purton was confident Ascot’s straight course would suit the six-year-old.

Purton said: “As you have seen today Little Bridge is a very nice horse. He is a straight track specialist so I knew it would suit him and he can run further than this so I was confident he would be strong at the finish.

“He is up there with the best I have ridden and he has given me a great thrill. He exploded out of the gates onto the bridle and went over the first 200 metres with his ears pricked. I was never worried as he was always travelling really well and because I have ridden him I knew exactly what he’d got left and when I pressed the button he kicked nicely.

“This is really good for Hong Kong racing as our horses have travelled abroad this year and fired a few blanks, so it’s good to get one to hit the target.

“It means everything to come here and ride a winner. I can look back in years to come and have very fond memories as everyone around the world wants to be involved at Royal Ascot.”


Bated Breath
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Bated Breath

GROUND BLUNTS BREATH AND POWER

After setting a course record in the Temple Stakes at Haydock, Bated Breath came into the Kings Stand with every chance but found one too good in Little Bridge.

His trainer Roger Charlton commented after Bated Breath was beaten three quarters of a length by Little Bridge: “His second name is consistency, that’s the fourth Group One race he has been second in. He’s run against Sole Power four times and beaten him each time and in course record time in the Temple Stakes (Group Two at Haydock on May 26).

“James (Doyle) gave him a great ride and he travelled as well as anything with a furlong to run and then James has said he just didn’t pick up in that ground. I walked it yesterday and thought it was beautiful and perfect but the jockeys are saying it is just on the slow side, I’m not saying it has made a difference but I would have preferred it to be faster.”

Asked about Bated Breaths entry in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday Charlton replied: “I think it is very unlikely that we would come back on Saturday unless Ascot misses all the rain and the ground is fast - then we would consider it. I will see how it is on Friday and then again half an hour before the race on Saturday, but if they have the rain on Thursday there is probably not a lot of point in declaring on Thursday.”

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