The Hong Kong racing season finished at Sha Tin on Sunday with Holy Roman Emperor achieving outstanding success to be crowned champion sire by earnings.
The Hong Kong racing scene is all about colts, who frequently become geldings, and to succeed in this challenging environment a horse needs a good constitution and the right mental attitude.
Shortcomings in either area are going to make it very hard for a horse to succeed and in a racing centre where longevity and the ability to front up season after season is prized by owners, qualities such as soundness and trainability are the keys to success.
Holy Roman Emperor is becoming a sire legend in Hong Kong having finished runner-up Champion Sire in the past two seasons after winning the title of Champion Sire in 2014.
The blue-blooded son of Danehill has made his mark with Group I winners all over the world, but in the melting pot of Hong Kong his offspring really seem to come to the fore and have included 2014 HK Horse of the Year Designs on Rome as well as a string of top class sprinters and milers including Beauty Only, who was crowned last week the Champion HK Miler of 2017.