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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.