Gold-Fun

Gold-Fun (大運財, formerly known as Strada Colorato 17 January 2009 – 7 August 2016) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse trained in Hong Kong since 2012. He is notable for winning the Hong Kong Classic Mile 2013, National Day Cup 2013 (HKG3–1400m), the HKG2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy, the HKG1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup 2014 and the Celebration Cup 2014.

Gold-Fun
Gold-Fun.jpg
SireLe Vie Dei Colori
DamGoodwood March
DamsireFoxhound
SexGelding
Foaled17 January 2009
CountryIreland
ColourChestnut
OwnerPan Sutong (Hong Kong)
TrainerG M Lyons (Ireland)
Richard Gibson (Hong Kong)
Record31: 11-10-2
Earnings€5,559,889
HK$47,644,750
Major wins
Hong Kong Classic Mile (2013)
Awards
Hong Kong Champion Miler (2013/14)
Last updated on June 28, 2016

BackgroundEdit

Born on 17 January 2009 in Ireland, Gold-Fun was sired by Le Vie Dei Colori, a fourteen-time winner including the champion of Premio Vittorio Di Capua (GI) of Italy.

Racing careerEdit

During his time in Ireland, Gold-Fun won a race and thereafter finished 2nd in another.

Gold-Fun acquired his first Class 3 1600m champion in his second race in Hong Kong in December 2012, thanks to his quick adaptation to environment. His consistent improvement led him to the championship of a Class 2 1600m race on the first day of 2013 and to the championship of the Hong Kong Classic Mile 2013 nineteen days later.[1] He is also the 2nd runner-up of BMW Hong Kong Derby 2013, losing only by a neck to the champion Akeed Mofeed.

On 1 October 2013, he was crowned champion of the National Day Cup 2013.[2] Not long after the victory on 1 October, he won the trophy of the HKG2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy at Sha Tin racecourse on 27 October 2013.[3] Gold-Fun continued his victory by winning the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile on 17 November.[4] Gold-Fun was the 1st runner-up of the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile on 8 December 2013, losing by three-quarters of a length to the champion Glorious Days.[5] Gold-Fun stamped his class on the HKG1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin racecourse on 16 March 2014, with a commanding half-length victory over the consistently gallant Dan Excel.[6]

Gold-Fun had defied a 130lbs burden and a troubled stretch run to land the spoils in the 1400m contest from a star-studded field of rivals, and claimed the trophy of the Celebration Cup held on 5 October 2014. On 15 February 2015, Gold-Fun gained his first victory at a distance short of 1400m at HKG1 1200M The Chairman's Sprint Prize, winning a short-head from Aerovelocity.[7] Gold-Fun continued his victory by winning the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint from Not Listenin’tome and Peniaphobia.[8] On 18 June 2016, Gold-Fun ran second in the 1200m G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, losing narrowly by a neck to the champion Twilight Son.[9] In the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville Racecourse on 7 August he was in third place when he fell 75 metres from the finish and sustained fatal injuries.

Racing recordEdit

Date Racecourse Distance Race Class Name of Race Actual Weight Jockey Place Finishing Time Length Behind Winner Champion(1st Runner-up)
04/08/2011 Ireland Good – 1400M 7f. Flat Maiden 1st[10] 129 K. Latham 2/13 1.32.23 5 Learn
21/04/2012 Ireland Good to Yielding – 1600M 1m. Flat Maiden 1st[11] 131 G Carroll 1/20 1.42.87 shd (Lucciola)
18/11/2012 Sha Tin Turf – 1400M Class 3 – Lion Rock Handicap[12] 129 O. Doleuze 5/14 1.23.02 3-1/2 Shahjee
16/12/2012 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Class 3 – Luk Wu Handicap[13] 125 D. Whyte 1/14 1.35.86 2 (Jolly Victor)
01/01/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Class 2 – Tai Mo Shan Handicap[14] 116 D. Whyte 1/14 1.35.48 1/2 (Endowing)
20/01/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Hong Kong Group One The Hong Kong Classic Mile[15] 126 D. Whyte 1/14 1.34.27 N (Garlic Boy)
17/02/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 1800M Hong Kong Group One The Hong Kong Classic Cup[16] 126 D. Whyte 4/14 1.49.11 1-1/4 It Has To Be You
17/03/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 2000M Hong Kong Group 1 The BMW Hong Kong Derby 2013[17] 126 Olivier Doleuze 3/13 2.01.94 1/2 Akeed Mofeed
05/05/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Group One The Champions Mile[18] 126 O. Doleuze 5/9 1.33.95 3-1/4 Dan Excel
01/10/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 1400M Hong Kong Group Three The National Day Cup (Handicap)[19] 124 O. Doleuze 1/14 1.20.73 1-3/4 (Blazing Speed)
27/10/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Hong Kong Group Two The Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (Handicap)[20] 123 O. Doleuze 1/12 1.34.05 1/2 (Helene Spirit)
17/11/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Group Two The BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile[21] 123 O. Doleuze 1/9 1.33.89 SH (Helene Spirit)
8/12/2013 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Group One The Longines Hong Kong Mile[22] 126 O. Doleuze 2/14 1.33.75 3/4 Glorious Days
19/01/2014 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Hong Kong Group One The Stewards' Cup[23] 126 O. Doleuze 6/11 1.34.24 2 Blazing Speed
16/03/2014 Sha Tin Turf – 1400M Hong Kong Group One The Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup[24] 126 D. Whyte 1/11 1.21.85 1/2 (Dan Excel)
04/05/2014 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Group One The Champions Mile[25] 126 D. Whyte 5/14 1.35.05 6 Variety Club
06/10/2014 Sha Tin Turf – 1400M Hong Kong Group Three The Celebration Cup (Handicap)[26] 130 D. Whyte 1/12 1.21.44 3/4 (Super Lifeline)
26/10/2014 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Hong Kong Group Two The Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (Handicap)[27] 133 D. Whyte 2/14 1.34.39 SH Military Attack
23/11/2014 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Group Two The BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile[28] 128 D. Whyte 2/10 1.33.80 2-1/4 Able Friend
14/12/2014 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Group One The Longines Hong Kong Mile [29] 126 D. Whyte 2/10 1.34.17 4-1/4 Able Friend
25/01/2015 Sha Tin Turf – 1600M Group One The Steward's Cup [30] 126 D. Whyte 6/9 1.34.05 3-1/2 Able Friend
15/02/2015 Sha Tin Turf – 1200M Hong Kong Group One The Chairman's Sprint Prize [31] 126 Christophe Soumillon 1/12 1.08.79 SH (Aerovelocity)
15/03/2015 Sha Tin Turf – 1400M Group One The Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup [32] 126 C. Soumillon 3/11 1.21.57 3 Able Friend
26/04/2015 Sha Tin Turf – 1200M HKG2 The Sprint Cup [33] 128 Olivier Peslier 2/10 1.08.58 1-1/4 Dundonnell
25/10/2015 Sha Tin Turf – 1200M HKG2 The Premier Bowl (Handicap) [34] 127 D. Whyte 2/14 1.08.44 1/2 Able Friend
21/11/2015 Sha Tin Turf – 1200M G2 The BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint [35] 128 C. Soumillon 1/11 1.08.31 1-1/4 (Peniaphobia)
13/12/2015 Sha Tin Turf – 1200M G1 The Longines Hong Kong Sprint [36] 126 C. Soumillon 2/13 1.08.82 1/2 Peniaphobia
31/01/2016 Sha Tin Turf – 1200M HKG1 The Centenary Sprint Cup [37] 126 C. Soumillon 2/12 1.08.58 1-1/2 Aerovelocity
28/02/2016 Sha Tin Turf – 1400M G1 The Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup [38] 126 C. Soumillon 4/9 1.21.50 2-1/4 Contentment
01/05/2016 Sha Tin Turf – 1200M G1 The Chairman's Sprint Prize [39] 126 O. Peslier 4/14 1.09.07 2-1/4 Chautauqua
18/06/2016 Ascot Turf – 1200M G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes 129 C. Soumillon 2/9 1.13.7 1/2 Twilight Son

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gold standard as HK-1 Hong Kong Classic Cup draws elite four-year-olds". New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing News. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  2. ^ The Hong Kong Jockey Club: Racing Information – The National Day Cup
  3. ^ "Gibson's Gold takes the HKG2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy". Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing News. 2013-10-27. Archived from the original on 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  4. ^ "Gold run for Gold-Fun in G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile". Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing News. 2013-11-17. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  5. ^ "GLORIOUS DAYS mows down opposition in the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile". Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing News. 2013-12-08. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  6. ^ "Whyte strikes Gold in Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup". Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing News. 2014-03-16. Archived from the original on 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  7. ^ "Soumillon delivers Gold in Chairman's Sprint Prize thriller". Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing News. 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  8. ^ "Gold for Soumillon in BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint". Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing News. 2015-11-21. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  9. ^ "Ascot second Gold-Fun to tackle Deauville sprint". Racing Post. 2015-11-21. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  10. ^ Irishracing.com: 7f. Flat Maiden 1st - Full results
  11. ^ Irishracing.com: 1m. Flat Maiden - Full results
  12. ^ 18/11/2012 Lion Rock Handicap Results
  13. ^ 16/12/2012 Luk Wu Handicap Results
  14. ^ 01/01/2013 Tai Mo Shan Handicap Results
  15. ^ 20/01/2013 The Hong Kong Classic Mile Results
  16. ^ 17/02/2013 The Hong Kong Classic Cup Results
  17. ^ 17/03/2013 The BMW Hong Kong Derby 2013 Results
  18. ^ 05/05/2013 The Champions Mile Results
  19. ^ 01/10/2013 The National Day Cup (Handicap) Results
  20. ^ 27/10/2013 The Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (Handicap) Results
  21. ^ 17/11/2013 The BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile Results
  22. ^ 08/12/2013 The Longines Hong Kong Mile Results
  23. ^ 19/01/2014 The Stewards' Cup Results
  24. ^ The Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup Results
  25. ^ The Champions Mile Results
  26. ^ The Celebration Cup (Handicap) Results
  27. ^ The Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (Handicap) Results
  28. ^ The BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile Results
  29. ^ The Longines Hong Kong Mile Results
  30. ^ The Steward's Cup Results
  31. ^ The Chairman's Sprint Prize Results
  32. ^ The Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup Results
  33. ^ The Sprint Cup Results
  34. ^ The Premier Bowl (Handicap) Results
  35. ^ The BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint Results
  36. ^ The Longines Hong Kong Sprint Results
  37. ^ "The Centenary Sprint Cup Results".
  38. ^ "The Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup Results".
  39. ^ "The Chairman's Sprint Prize Results".

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