Former South African Champion Trainer David Ferraris saddled a good double at Happy Valley in Hong Kong on Wednesday, including South-African bred gelding Cue The Music, by Avontuur Stud’s stallion Oratorio from Minelli.
Cue The Music, a half-brother to Equus champion Val De Ra (Var), was purchased from the 2017 CTS Select Sale in Johannesburg. He was owned locally by Mario Ferreira, and a Grade 3 winner, taking the Godolphin Barb at Scottsville in April 2018, followed by a close second in the Gr1 Gold Medallion to Van Halen.
He broke his Hong Kong duck at Happy Valley under a top ride from Zac Purton to win the Class 3 Sea Eagle Handicap worth HK$1.25 million (R2.35 million).
Ferraris, who has been impressed with his South African-breds in Hong Kong, commented: “Cue The Music was bought in a batch of horses from South Africa for new owners along with Supreme Patrol and Bear Again, who are both by VAR.
“Cue The Music ran up close to the top sprinter Athereo in a strong Class 2 race soon after he joined me and on that I knew he’d win soon.
“All the SA horses have settled down here and are starting to show their worth. I also have Go Ballistic, a strong gelding by Duke Of Marmalade. He’s very nice horse that won for my dad at Turffontein and was then exported, I expect him to win in Hong Kong too, he is good enough.
“Supreme Patrol is running on Sunday, he’s a horse that seems to like the all-weather and has a winning chance, and Bear Again is in a race next Wednesday, he also has a good chance. The stable is ticking over nicely. We’ll have more SA-breds coming in next year and the sooner the export protocols are sorted, the better. We’d like to buy more and get them here quickly.”
He added: “I trained Cue The Music’s dam, Minelli, she was a good little filly. It is so strange, I would never have imagined 20 years ago that I’d be training one of her offspring to a win in Hong Kong!”
Cue The Music is owned by Ferraris’ patrons Mr & Mrs Julian Chow Kai Wo, Chow Wing Shuen and Chow Cheuk Wai.