Ace runner Horse Of Fortune, the CTS graduate formerly known as Strongman, has been retired after his win in the Macau Hong Kong Trophy over 1500m last Sunday.
Trainer by Dennis Yip Chor-hong and ridden by Silvestre De Sousa, Horse Of Fortune came from off the pace on a soft track instead of attempting to push out around the leaders.
“The horse is very tough and he really tried hard in that race, he didn’t win by a huge margin, but it was enough to make sure it was a win,” said the trainer.
Horse Of Fortune is a gelding by Stronghold, and out of Lammerskraal mare Sweet Virginia, making him a half-brother to current July and Queens Plate champion Do It Again.
He won his first three starts for Glen Puller, including the Listed Sophomore Sprint, then scored another seven wins for trainer Tony Millard after being sold and exported to Hong Kong, including two at Grade 3 level, amassing well over R20 million in stakes.
Strongman/Horse Of Fortune was bred by Robin Bruss and Kevin Sommerville under the Northfields Stud banner, and purchased for R150 000 at the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
He was the first stakes winner from the second crop of former Summerhill resident Stronghold, who died after just two seasons at stud.