HK Stakes-Winner for Encosta

Talented galloper Admiration (4f Encosta de Lago x Provence, by Redoute’s Choice) defeated a top class field in the Chairman’s Trophy HK Gr 2 over 1600m at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Trained by John Moore, Admiration settled in fourth under Aussie jockey Brett Prebble and once balanced up into the straight the son of Encosta de Lago lengthened stride impressively to pass Hong Kong Mile winner Able One, then hold off the late finish of short-priced favourite Glorious Days.

Sunday’s victory took Admiration’s earnings past HK$7million with his overall record standing at seven wins and six placings from 19 starts.

Purchased by George Moore Bloodstock for $625,000 from the draft of Widden Stud at Inglis Easter, Admiration is the first foal of stakes winning Redoute’s Choice mare Provence, which is a three-quarter sister to 2008 Group I Hong Kong International Sprint winner Inspiration.

Encosta de Lago, who had another new stakes-winner at Rosehill on Saturday in Niagara, is represented by 47 yearlings at next week’s Inglis Easter Sale.

Admiration is the 88th stakes-winner worldwide for his champion sire.

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