Aussie bred sprinter Rich Unicorn (5g Danehill Dancer x Onwards, by Zeditave) knocked off the more fancied runners to win the Premier Bowl HK Gr 2 at Sha Tin on Sunday.
A five year-old Danehill Dancer gelding prepared by John Size, Rich Unicorn charged home late to beat Little Bridge and the previously unbeaten sprinter Entrapment, winning the 1200 metre sprint by a neck.
Trainer Size was not as astonished as some by the triumph of Rich Unicorn who was receiving 13lbs from his more illustrious stablemate Entrapment.
“The change in the track condition after the break from racing and reseeding made me think he might enjoy it. I also think he raced on the best ground down the centre of the track,” he said.
“I wasn’t disappointed by Entrapment because he had valid excuses. He got a bit lit up early in the race when it looked as though another runner was going to cross him and Douglas (Whyte) had to move him up to avoid that. But he still ran on very well considering the ground was not as quick on the rail where he was racing.”
A modest $90,000 purchase from the Millbrook draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Rich Unicorn started his career in Melbourne for Robert Smerdon winning twice at Sale and Warrnambool before heading to Hong Kong and has the overall record of six wins and five placings from 18 starts.
A son of outstanding shuttle sire Danehill Dancer, Rich Unicorn is the first stakes-winner for his dam Onwards, a Zeditave mare from the family of Golden Slipper winner Burst.
Onwards has already foaled this spring producing a colt by Haradasun.