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Top Hong Kong Debut By Eagle Way
Queensland Derby winner Eagle Way made an auspicious start to his Hong Kong racing career when resuming with a strong win at Sha Tin on Sunday. Trainer John Moore said Eagle Way (More Than Ready-Wedgetail Eagle, by Lure) would follow the same path as reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther by targeting next season's Hong Kong Derby. Ridden by champion Australian jockey Hugh Bowman, the 4YO surged through a gap at the 200m mark to score by a head in the Class 2 Eishin Preston Handicap over 1600 metres. "He is just an out-and-out stayer this guy," Moore told the South China Morning Post. "The mile is a minimum requirement for him, and it was a great sign for him to run like that first-up." A $200,000 weanling purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from the draft of Segenhoe Stud at the 2014 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, Eagle Way is a half-brother to the stakes-winners Assertive Eagle, Impressive Eagle & Soaressa, herself the dam of dual Gr3 winner Thermal Current.