First winner by Sweet Orange

Hong Kong Group 1 winner Sweet Orange (USA) sired his first winner in New Zealand on Saturday.

Khimar War was tuned up for the Gavelhouse 2YO (1000m) at Riccarton after a debut third there last month.  He closed on the leaders in the straight and won by over a length without being extended by jockey Jacob Lowry.

“He’s a very exciting horse,” trainer Lance Robinson said.  “He’s really surprised me because we only ran him for education.  I just can’t wait until he turns three.”

Khimar War (2g Sweet Orange – Flame Of Atlanta by Clay Hero) was a $30,000 buy from Highview Stud at the 2017 NZB Select Yearling Sale.  Robinson will either spell him or head to the LR Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on May 5.

Sweet Orange (War Front) won a G1 Hong Kong Classic for owner Tony Tong and trainer David Ferraris before retiring to Highview Stud in NZ.  He stood there for three seasons prior to crossing the Tasman to Aquis Farm.

Promoting the first Queensland book last year was hampered by the death of his owner and the horse will have a new home in 2018.  Aquis Farm website reports Sweet Orange would suit a boutique breeding operation looking for a stallion with top international bloodlines.