The BMW Hong Kong Derby marks the third race in that country's Classic Series of 4-year-old races, and on Sunday, Rapper Dragon became the first horse in history to win all three Classics in Hong Kong's version of the Triple Crown. He had captured the Classic Mile in January and the 9-furlong Classic Cup in February before Sunday's 2000-meter (about 10 furlongs) contest, and the Australian-bred son of Street Boss bested his primary rival Pakistan Star by 1 3/4 lengths in the $2.3 million event.
Rapper Dragon gave trainer John Moore a record sixth victory in the HK Derby, while jockey “Magic Man” Joao Moreira was winning the event for the first time in his career. He recorded a final time of 2:02.88 on a course rated good-to-yielding, laying just off the pace early and taking over in the stretch with just enough left to hold off the back-to-front charge of Pakistan Star. Beauty Generation finished third.
“They didn't make it easy for him,” Moore told Hong Kong Jockey Club publicity, “but Joao had a lot of horse, and when he came in, he said the horse just loved the going. Joao said there was a moment or two there when he probably was in a tight position, but he extricated himself and hit the line like he usually does – really, really strongly.”
Rapper Dragon is likely to appear next in the Group 1 Champions Mile on May 6.
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