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|Amber Sky Lands Centenary Sprint Cup|
January 28, 2014 - Amber Sky justified favouritism on Sunday to seal the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha tin.
The five-year old went off at racing live betting odds of 13/10 for the Group One over 5f and sealed the sprint contest by over two lengths ahead of Straight Gold and Cerise Cherry.
It was the first win of the Australian bred- horse’s career as he had failed to score in his last three starts.
He made his debut in the same race on January 27, 2013 but could only finish sixth as Eagle Regiment was quickest of the 14 runners 12 months ago for the prestigious contest.
Amber Sky went close to breaking his maiden in April when finishing second in the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy. Go Baby Go, who edged him out by under a length, denied him the victory.
A third outing came in the Bochk Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint in November. Despite going off as the 8/5 favourite in the racing betting odds, he was unable to hit the frame.
Straight Gold was one of the biggest surprises of the race on Sunday as he returned at 56/1 when coming home second.
The six-year old wore a hood and was ridden by Frenchman Gerald Mosse in Hong Kong. It was a career best performance for the sprinter, which also saw him pick up his highest payday to date.
The son of Stratum had been running over six furlongs but had failed to shine over the trip. A drop back down to the minimum distance worked at Sha tin to reward each-way backers at a sizeable price.
Cerise Cherry completed the placings in third. He was the oldest horse in the race at the age of nine. It was his second attempt at the Group One after previously finishing 11th in 2013. by Kerry Zangara
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