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Rapper Dragon Makes History In Hong Kong Derby
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, multiple US Gr1-winning sprinter & Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry-Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian) celebrated an elite local success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Rapper Dragon (Street Boss-Swing Dance, by Danehill Dancer) scored by 1.75 lengths for trainer John Moore in the HK$18 million Hong Kong Derby (2000m), over 4YO German-bred gelding Pakistan Star (Shamardal-Nina Celebre, by Peintre Celebre) & 4YO New Zealand-bred gelding Beauty Generation (Road to Rock-Stylish Bel, by Bel Esprit). Rapper Dragon, who raced in Australia as Street Rapper, advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Hong Kong Classic Mile & Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 15 starts for $2,223, 650 earnings. Rapper Dragon's clean sweep of the 4YO series means he is the first horse in history to claim the 4YO Triple Crown. It was Joao Moreira's first Hong Kong Derby success, while trainer John Moore added to his record with a sixth Derby success. Moore told the South China Morning Post: “This is a really classy animal, he has done everything right and a big thanks to all the stable staff and their hard work behind the scenes but not forgetting my son George – he found this horse when Rapper Dragon was a two-year-old with Gai Waterhouse, not me. He bought him, we took him through his classes last season and he has got here to the grand final and done the job."