Cliffhanger in Hong Kong

Star Magic Millions sprinters Rocket Man and One World made history on Sunday when they dead heated in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint at Sha Tin.

Singapore based Rocket Man and local star One World showed they were both on track for the G1 Hong Kong International Sprint on December 12.  The pair both came off a hot speed set by Dim Sum.  Rocket Man burst through on the inside of race favourite Sacred Kingdom and then One World charged down the outside of the track.  

Racegoers couldn’t split them and neither could the judge.

Rocket Man was very impressive racing in the clockwise direction for the first time.   “I was a little bit concerned when he was a bit green going into the first turn,” trainer Patrick Shaw reported.  “He wasn’t running freely and was switching leads but I’m always confident when this horse runs.”

Rocket Man is a son of Viscount who stands at Neville Duncan’s Oakland Park Stud in WA.  He was purchased by Magic Millions South African representative Andy Williams for $60,000 at the 2007 Magic Millions National yearling sale.

Danehill Dancer gelding One World proved he was running back into top form.  The John Moore trained galloper was runner-up in the 2009 International Sprint.  “He’s coming back to his old self,” jockey Darren Beadman noted.  “I didn’t know whether he’d won or not because we were so far apart.”

One World has been one of the most consistent sprinters in Hong Kong for a number of seasons.  He was purchased out of the Baramul Stud draft for $150,000 at the 2006 Gold Coast Yearling Sale and has since earned connections the equivalent of $1.78 million.

One World is a half brother to the G2 winning Lee Freedman trained sprinter First Command.  The younger half-brother by Encosta de Lago will be one of the headline lots from Baramul Stud at January’s 2011 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.