The first Griffin race of the Hong Kong season was won by the lone Australian, and lone two-year-old, in Sebring’s Amusing City.
The race had just six starters, four Irish bred three-year-olds, a Japanese bred three-year-old and Amusing City, with the weight advantage for two year-olds and some obvious improvement from his trials proving enough.
Looking something of an unfinished product in those trials, the John Moore trained youngster showed good gate speed at his first race to lead and despite being headed inside the final furlong by Lucky Master fought admirably to come again and win narrowly.
The Sebring gelding, ridden by Sam Clipperton and sporting blinkers on debut, held off the Richard Gibson-trained Lucky Master (129lb) by a short-head in a time of 57.17s.
“That’s a good result, he was just the fittest of the bunch looking at them walking around the paddock, and he was getting the pull in the weights – he’s never missed a day’s work,” Moore said.
“He’s one for next season, definitely – he’d be a miler,” he continued. “He’s immature, of course, and you could see he just tried to throw the towel in just past mid-race; he was reluctant, his tongue’s all over; he had the blinkers on because he can be a little bit funny in the mornings but he’s beaten the three-year-olds, so there is a future for him.”
Initially offered in the Fig Tree Thoroughbreds draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where he made $130,000 to the bid of Les Kelly, Amusing City was re-offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale in Washpool Lodge’s draft (pictured above), selling to Beamish Bloodstock for $200,000.
He is the third foal, second to race and second winner for Anabaa mare Amusements, a half-sister to former smart sprinter and Magic Millions winner Karuta Queen.
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