Golden Sixty showed no signs of rust as he reeled in challenger California Spangle in the shadow of the wire to win the G2 BOCHK Private Wealth Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday, 20 November.
The son of Medaglia d’Oro, who is the reigning Horse of the Year in Hong Kong, was making his first start since capturing the G1 Champions Mile in April. Connections are expected to use the Jockey Club Mile – which Golden Sixty has now won three consecutive years – as a springboard for the G1 Hong Kong Mile in December.
Partnered once again by jockey Vincent Ho, Golden Sixty raced near the rear of the field as his main rival, California Spangle, led the field through the early stages of the race. Asked to pick up the pace by his rider, Golden Sixty began his rally about two furlongs from home, eventually reeling in a stubborn California Spangle in the final yards to win by a neck.
Foaled in Australia, Golden Sixty was bred by Asco International and is the best performer from the G2-winning Distorted Humor mare, Gaudeamus. She is a half-sister to the Stakes-placed pair Leo’s Pegasus and Leo’s Luckyman, out of a Seattle Slew daughter of G1 1000 Guineas second Konafa. This is the family of G1 winners Act One, Ultra and recent G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Modern Games.
Medaglia d’Oro continues to produce runners at the highest level and is the sire of 22 Graded Stakes horses in 2022. Only Into Mischief has sired more this year. In addition to Golden Sixty, Medaglia d’Oro is also represented by Stakes winners Nostalgic (G3), Prevalence (G3), Yonkers (in Aust.), Vigilantes Way and Pennybaker.