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Windsor Park-bred superstar stars at the Awards
03 Aug 2015 | By Racenews

Windsor Park-bred Hong Kong sprinting sensation Aerovelocity (Pins) was crowned Cathay Pacific Horse of The Year at the prestigious Waikato Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Group One Awards Dinner, Sky City Hamilton, on Friday night.

One of 25 Group One winners receiving individual recognition on the night, Aerovelocity was chosen ahead of his esteemed competition by virtue of his three victories at the highest level in three different countries.

Trained by champion NZ trainer Paul O’Sullivan from his Hong Kong base, last December Aerovelocity became the first NZ-bred winner of the $3.6 million Gr.1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint, part of the Global Sprint Challenge Series of races.

Three months later Aerovelocity travelled to Japan where he became the first NZ-bred galloper to win the $2.2 million Chukyo Takamatsunomiya Kinen, another leg of the Global Sprint Challenge Series.

For his next start O’Sullivan targeted the $1.1 million Singapore TC Krisflyer International Sprint in May, another race in the Global Sprint Challenge Series, which Aerovelocity also won to become the first Hong Kong racehorse to win three Group One races in three different countries.

O’Sullivan then spelled Aerovelocity with a view to aiming him again for the Gr.1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint in December where success would entitle him to an additional prize of US$1 million, the bonus being available to any three-Leg winner of the Global Sprint Challenge Series in a calendar year.

Aerovelocity has now won 10 races and $4.8 million from his 18 starts and his success has thrust his dam Exodus (Kaapstad) into the spotlight as a finalist in the Broodmare of The Year category at the upcoming NZTR Awards night on August 13 at the Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton.

Exodus is a member of one of Windsor Park’s foundation families as her dam Lady Genesis (Star Way), is a three quarter sister to Nimue (Star Way), Windsor Park’s Gr.1 NZ 1000 Guineas-winning filly and the Champion 3YO filly of her year.