Sha Tin double for Wentwood graduates

Lyle Hewitson returns to scale on Ching - Photo: HKJC Twitter
Lyle Hewitson returns to scale on Ching

Photo: HKJC Twitter

Wentwood Grange celebrated a successful night at Sha Tin on Sunday, with two wins and a gallant second from three runners at the meeting.

Darci Joy was the first to score taking out the Kent Handicap (1600m) by two-and-a-half lengths with a faultless run under jockey Karis Teetan.

It was the five-year-old son of Darci Brahma’s fourth career win, and it provided trainer Ricky Yiu with his third of four winners on the night. 

Bred by Llanhennock Trust, Darci Joy was purchased by Mr Choy out of Wentwood’s Karaka 2019 Book 1 draft for $150,000 he’s now the winner of four races and HK$3,569,550 in prize money for his owners Cindi Hui Ming Ming and Dr David Choy Tak Wai.

Next to salute was the Michael Chang-trained Ching who won the Suffolk Handicap (1600m) by one-and-a-quarter lengths under a hold by jockey Lyle Hewitson.

The four-year-old son of Frosted was purchased by Upper Bloodstock out of Wentwood’s Karaka 2020 Book 1 draft for $100,000 and he’s since won two races and HK$2,226,400 in stakes for owner Keith Ng Ting Kit.

It was a timely win for Wentwood Grange who will offer his half-sister by Kermadec as Lot 39 at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale on March 14.

“That’s his second win since the catalogue went to print,” Wentwood Grange’s Dean Hawkins said.

“We’re really happy with her preparation so far she’s a lovely walking filly and we’re looking forward to getting her over to Adelaide for buyers to see for themselves.”

Wentwood have a team of five travelling to Adelaide which also includes a Turn Me Loose filly out of the stakes performed mare Little Haast (Lot 180), a half-brother to stakes winner El Milagro who is also closely related to Ching (Lot 400), a Belardo colt (Lot 404) and an Embellish filly (Lot 451).

Running Glory almost made it a Hattrick for Wentwood bred graduates at Sha Tin with a gallant run for second in the Rutland Handicap (1800m).

The five-year-old John Size-trained gelding is an eight-time winner who has amassed HK$12,415,550 in stakes, from just a $70,000 purchase price in 2019.