Three-peat: 'Incredible' Golden Sixty wins his third G1 Hong Kong Mile

Brilliant son of Medaglia d'Oro notches his 10th G1 victory
Golden Sixty won the G1 Hong Kong Mile for the third time in 2023

Golden Sixty hadn’t raced for 224 days and drew an outside barrier, but the son of Medaglia d’Oro showed why he’s regarded as the best when he annihilated an international field in the HK$32 million Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday, 10 December.

Quietly ridden by Vincent Ho, Golden Sixty settled in seventh, racing three-wide until the home turn before unleashing a devastating sprint at the top of the straight.

Voyage Bubble and Namur were no match for Golden Sixty as the Frances Lui-trained gelding eased down over the final 100m to win his third Hong Kong Mile by 1.5 lengths in a slick 1 minute 34.1 seconds for 1,600m.

Golden Sixty was bred in Australia and is out of Gaudeamus, an Irish Group 2 winner by Distorted Humor. Golden Sixty is one of the mare’s six winners from her eight foals to race. Sold at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in Australia by Element Hill Stud, Innisplain to Riversley Park and Enigma Farm for AU$120,000, Golden Sixty was then offered at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale and bought by Lui for NZ$300,000.

Golden Sixty has now won an amazing 26 races and been placed three times from 30 starts for prize-money earnings of a massive $18.9 million.

The stallion has sired 26 individual G1 winners among his 176 Stakes winners worldwide.

Medaglia d’Oro has sired 26 individual G1 winners among his 176 Stakes winners worldwide. In addition to Golden Sixty, the stallion is the sire of Spirit Of St Louis, who scored back-to-back Listed wins at Belmont Park in October.

Medaglia d’Oro is standing the 2024 breeding season at Darley’s Jonabell Farm at Lexington in Kentucky for a service fee of $75,000, stands and nurses.