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Hong Kong Horse Of The Year, 2016-17
The first horse to win all three legs of Hong Kong’s 4-year-old classic series.
Rapper Dragon claimed the Hong Kong Horse of the Year award at a ceremony held July 14 2017 at the Grand Hyatt. Hong Kong’s standout 4-year-old made history during the season when he became the first horse to win all three legs of Hong Kong’s 4-year-old classic series.
John Moore’s stable star had an outstanding sophomore Hong Kong campaign with four wins from six starts before suffering a catastrophic injury in the G1 Champions Mile. The gelding, who raced in the blue and red silks of owner Albert Hung, improved sharply after a smart seasonal appearance at December’s Longines Hong Kong International Race meeting, displaying superiority over his peers in the Hong Kong Classic Mile and Hong Kong Classic Cup, and then completing a sweep of Hong Kong’s three-race 4-year-old classic series in the BMW Hong Kong Derby.
Rapper Dragon was also named the Champion middle-distance horse, based on his brilliant performances in the Hong Kong Classic Cup and the BMW Hong Kong Derby. The ascendant chestnut then impressed again when taking on a group of proven elders in the G2 Chairman’s Trophy to land his second group race win in his career, having won the G3 Lion Rock Trophy as a 3-year-old during his first season in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Rapper Dragon also secured 57.5% of the public vote to claim the most popular horse title.
Joao Moreira rode Rapper Dragon in his greatest victories but maintains it was in the fallen hero’s final moments on a racecourse that his beloved horse showed the most courage.
Rapper Dragon died while under veterinary supervision, diagnosed with a fractured pelvis suffered in the Champions Mile at Sha Tin in 2017, and while Moreira was too devastated to speak immediately after receiving the news.
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