Hong Kong Success

A satisfying weekend for Westbury was completed in Hong Kong on Sunday evening with Packing Victory (NZ) (Reliable Man {GB}) making it two wins from as many starts for trainer Danny Shum.

“We had a good night in Hong Kong and the Reliable Man looks a really serious horse. They are talking about him as a Classic series horse for the 4-year-olds so hopefully, he can measure up, he won with a bit in hand,” said Westbury’s General Manager Russell Warwick.

Packing Victory failed to meet his NZ$85,000 reserve at Karaka and was sold to Hong Kong interests after winning a Taupo trial last year. He is out of Espresso Cavallo (Lonhro), whose six foals to race have all been successful.

“She is going back to Reliable Man this year and she’s got a 3-year-old by Tarzino, who looks really smart. He’s called Te Toki and has won his last two trials and he steps out at Taupo on Wednesday,” Warwick said.

Espresso Cavallo slipped to Tarzino (NZ) in 2020 and is currently in foal to the son of Tavistock (NZ).

“Lucky Patch also ran second in the open sprint at Sha Tin from a wide draw and they ran 1:08.1s. He came off the farm and is a very good sprinter and I’m picking he will be aimed at the International Sprint in December,” Warwick said.

Westbury stallion El Roca was also in the action with his son Viva Hunter (NZ) breaking his maiden at his fourth appearance for trainer Kenny Man.


Article written by Paul Vettise / Image: Kenneth Chan