Hong Kong Winner for Haradasun

Haradasun has been in hot form over the past week with lightly raced My Favorite (3g Haradasun x Crimson Lane, by Danehill) adding to the success with a stylish victory at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Improving on his close debut second on May 11, the Caspar Fownes trained My Favorite was sent out a heavily backed favourite for the 1200 metre event and powered clear to score by three quarters of a length.

On debut, My Favorite blew the start when he struck his head in the gates and then ended up a long way back before running home for a most unlucky second.

This time the youngster was able to show excellent tactical speed to get into a prominent position from gate 12.

“He pinged the lids today, put himself in great spot and travelled like the winner all the way,” winning rider Zac Purton told South China Morning Post.

“He may have not been that impressive today, but in end got the job done and he is another relatively inexperienced horse and he’ll certainly be better next season.”

Fownes said the knock to the head last start hadn’t just cost My Favorite a position in the run, but had rattled the newcomer.

“Today we wanted to go forward, but last start that’s where we thought we would be in the run,” he said.

“But he bumped the gate pretty badly. Tommy Berry said he hit it hard and when he came out he took a hundred yards for him to sort himself out. He came back from that and did it nicely today. I told Zac to warm him up, jump him out, go forward and let’s see what he can do.”

Bred in Australia by Bylong Park Thoroughbreds, My Favorite was purchased as a weanling by Curraghmore Stud and re-offered at the NZB Select Yearling Sale where he fetched $31,000 and is now part-owned by Canto-pop idol Aaron Kwok Fu-shing, who brought with him to the track a legion of fans.

My Favorite is the second winner for Crimson Lane, a half-sister by Danehill to Group III winner Crimson Reign.

A triple Group I winner of the AJC Doncaster Handicap, STC George Ryder Stakes and Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes, Haradasun stands this spring the modest fee of $8,800.

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