The Hong Kong racing season finished at Sha Tin on Sunday with Holy Roman Emperor achieving outstanding success to be crowned champion sire by earnings.
The Hong Kong racing scene is all about colts, who frequently become geldings, and to succeed in this challenging environment a horse needs a good constitution and the right mental attitude.
Shortcomings in either area are going to make it very hard for a horse to succeed and in a racing centre where longevity and the ability to front up season after season is prized by owners, qualities such as soundness and trainability are the keys to success.
Holy Roman Emperor is becoming a sire legend in Hong Kong having finished runner-up Champion Sire in the past two seasons after winning the title of Champion Sire in 2014.
The blue-blooded son of Danehill has made his mark with Group I winners all over the world, but in the melting pot of Hong Kong his offspring really seem to come to the fore and have included 2014 HK Horse of the Year Designs on Rome as well as a string of top class sprinters and milers including Beauty Only, who was crowned last week the Champion HK Miler of 2017.
Son of Holy Roman Emperor to Stand at Larneuk Stud
The proven Australian race horse Honorius will stand at for Knightsbridge in Australia 2017 and in the Northern Hemisphere in 2018. Larneuk Stud was established in 1980. The 200 acre property has a 120 mega litre dam for irrigation and a permanent creek. Larneuk Stud is situated 15km south-west of Euroa in the heart of Victoria’s Thoroughbred country.
Larneuk Stud has all the facilities required to cater for broodmares and the healthy development of the growing Thoroughbred. Larneuk Stud has a proven record of producing winners and it is where the passion for racing begins. Bred to be a Champion Honorius is a 7 year stallion with an impeccable pedigree and strong racing credentials that will prove to be popular in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, UK and Singapore, a strong turf stallion that performed at the highest grade Honorius is set to be a future star. He is by proven sire in both hemispheres, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, a Coolmore owned sire of ten individual Group 1 winners in seven different countries.
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR is the sire of 61 stakes winners worldwide including Hong Kong legend BEAUTY ONLY, Caulfield Cup and Dual Derby winner MONGOLIAN KHAN, Hong Kong superstar DESIGNS ON ROME, international sprinter RICH TAPESTRY, Thousand Guineas winners HOMECOMING QUEEN (UK) and ROLLOUT THECARPET (NZ). Honorius is out of Irish mare, Zarinia, also dam of South African Champion and Horse Of The Year, IGUGU, winner of four Group 1 events and ten races in all. RACE RECORD Like his sire, Honorius was a dual winning 2 year old. Later in his 2 year old season, he demolished his rivals by almost 3 lengths when taking out the Listed Juvenile Stayers Stakes at Rosehill over 1800m.