The Frankie Lor-trained Furore continued New Zealand’s stellar record in the HK$18million Hong Kong Derby (2000m) when he took out the Classic race at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Bred in New Zealand by Jonathan Munz under his GSA Bloodstock banner, Furore was born and raised at Haunui Farm and stud principal Mark Chitty said it was a great result for the farm and New Zealand.
“It was a good result for the farm, but a great result for the industry in New Zealand, extending our record in the race (winning six of the last 10 Derbys),” Chitty said.
“It was a superb ride (from jockey Hugh Bowman). Furore has been a bit of an unlucky horse in a couple of big races. He was knocked out of the Rosehill Guineas last year, but he got his reward on Sunday night, it was a huge result.”
Furore was sold through Haunui Farm’s 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale draft for $210,000 to Australian Bloodstock and Lees Racing.
“He was just a nice horse, he wasn’t an outstanding horse,” Chitty said, speaking of Furore as a yearling.
“He was a solid nice horse who was well balanced, had a great attitude, a great temperament and was easy to prepare.”
Furore initially raced in Australia for trainer Kris Lees where he ran third in last year’s Rosehill Guineas before his sale to Hong Kong, where he broke through for his maiden stakes victory in the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) earlier this year.
The Hong Kong Classic Mile is a leg of the four-year-old triple crown series, which culminates with the Hong Kong Derby, the most prestigious race in the territory and the race every owner wants to win.
Chitty said Munz, who stood ill-fated stallion Ferlax at Haunui Farm, has experienced a great season as a breeder in New Zealand, having also bred Group 2 winner and joint New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year, Imelda Mary.