Full Of Beauty makes it five as emerging talent flourishes on Derby undercard

Full Of Beauty (Darci Brahma) made it five wins on the bounce to give trainer John Size and his stable jockey Joao Moreira a win which may offer a pinch of mild consolation for a near-miss in the BMW Hong Kong Derby this afternoon at Sha Tin Racecourse (Sunday).

“He’s a fantastic horse. He has progressed since the last time I was on board because he’s been coping with every situation he’s been put into,” Moreira said after partnering the four-year-old to a three-quarter-length success in the Class 2 Ambitious Dragon Handicap (1200m).

The Darci Brahma four-year-old overcame an outer draw (10) and an 11-point ratings rise to hold off Water Diviner. The manner of the win was pleasing, rather than flash, and again suggested a bright future in the higher grades.

“It’s very hard to predict where he’ll end up but we can see him picking up and he’s likely to be – in a few months’ time – matching the big guys,” the Brazilian said.

Full Of Beauty’s five wins have been accrued in only 11 weeks since his career debut on 1 January.

“He’s been winning every time he’s been going out so I don’t know that he needs a break,” Moreira said, “but at the same time I wouldn’t be surprised if John Size decides to put him away for a couple of months and brings him back fully for next season. Whatever Size thinks is best, I’m siding with him; he’s a master at judging when a horse is begging for some time off.”

Darci Brahma three-year-old, Mr Croissant, provided the first leg of a Ryan Moore double when landing the Class 4 Fay Fay Handicap (1200m) for trainer Chris So.

“He’s a very good horse with a good temperament – very easy to train. He showed his ability last time so I was just worried about the tricky draw and Frankie Lor’s horse, Flying Victory, he trialled really good,” So said.

“He had a little bit of rating in hand so I hope he can still win in Class 3.”

Hong Kong racing continues at Happy Valley on Wednesday, 20 March.

Mr Croissant was bred by The Oaks Stud, and is a half brother to Group 1 winner Sakhee’s Soldier.   Mr Croissant was sold through The Oaks Stud’s 2017 Premier draft for $105,000 and was purchased by Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie.

-Hong Kong Jockey Club


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