Blog: Our Top 5 International Racing Highlights 2013

As it gets closer to Christmas, we take a look back over the last few months at some of our favourite international racing highlights and the successes of our sponsored jockey Ryan Moore.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Possibly one of the most impressive wins of the season goes to three-year-old French filly Treve. Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek and unbeaten in five starts, Treve was truly magnificent in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

To add to her impressive resume, Treve was also crowned the Cartier Horse of the Year for 2013 and more recently has been announced as one of the highest-rated horses in the world alongside champion Australian sprinter Black Caviar.

Breeders’ Cup

Chriselliam, Outstrip, London Bridge, Dank and Magician all wrote their names into Breeders’ Cup history this year, adding their wins to the successful European tally of winners over the 30 years of the championships. With US$27 million in prize money on offer over two days, the championships, held Santa Anita in 2013 is a lucrative prospect for trainers, owners and jockeys. Ryan Moore rode yet another big race double in the US aboard Dank (Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) and Magician (Breeders’ Cup Turf).

Melbourne Cup

There was a good chance that the winner in this year’s Australian Melbourne Cup would be a European-bred, with 19 out of the 24 runners in the race. 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente was exactly that.

Bred in Ireland, however not trained, Fiorente was purchased as a ready-to-race European-bred stayer by Australia’s first lady of racing Gai Waterhouse. It was the first win the ‘race that stops a nation’ for Gai after some agonising near misses, including Fiorente, who was second in 2012.

European-bred or trained horses did in fact fill the first five places in the Melbourne Cup.

Japan Cup

A crowd of 97,000 witnessed Japanese racing history when Gentildonna won the Japan Cup for the second time. Ridden by our own Ryan Moore, the reigning Japanese Horse of the Year became the first horse in the 33-year history of the Japan Cup to win a second title. It was the fifth Group 1 win for Gentildonna, whose sire Deep Impact won the same race in 2006.

Hong Kong International Races  

Hong Kong’s International Races held at Sha Tin have been described as racing’s end of season championships and the local horses proved once again they were tough to beat on their home turf, winning all but one of the feature races.  Hong Kong runners Dominant (Hong Kong Vase), Glorious Days (Hong Kong Mile) and Akeed Mofeed (Hong Kong Cup) all won for the home team.

Japanese star Lord Kanaloa easily won the Hong Kong Sprint, the win confirming his position among the world’s top sprinters after his second consecutive win the race.

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