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Ambitious Dragon Wins Hong Kong Gr1 QEII Cup
In Hong Kong yesterday, NZ Waikato Stud's Australian-bred stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer by Karou Star) added a Gr1 triumph when 4YO gelding Ambitious Dragon (Pins-Golden Gamble, by Oregon) scored a 0.75-length victory in the HK$14 million (A$1.75m) Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin. Ambitious Dragon (ridden by Douglas Whyte for trainer Tony Millard) defeated 5YO geldings California Memory (Highest Honor-Kalpita, by Spinning World) & Mighty High (Peintre Celebre-Bernimixa, by Linamix). Ambitious Dragon (passed-in for NZ$47,500 as a yearling at the 2008 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale at Karaka) took his record to 7 wins (also including March's Gr1 Hong Kong Derby over 2000m & February's Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Cup over 1800m) & 2 runners-up from 12 starts for HK$22,663,600 (A$2.833m) earnings.